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Paralympian track aces all set for Switzerland

Last week it was the desert in Arizona, US this week its the mountains of Switzerland for our Paralympic track aces, writes Mark Etheridge.

Following Paralympians Hilton Langenhoven and Tebogo Mokgalagadi’s four gold medals in the Desert Challenge Games, a trio of Stellenbosch University athletes head to Europe for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) ParAthletics grand prix event in Nottwil at the weekend.

The Suzanne Ferreira coached athletes are double 2012 Paralympic medallists Dyan Buis and Anrun Liebenberg and fellow Paralympian Charl du Toit, pictured right.

Buis and Du Toit were both in action at the recent IPC meeting in Brazil where Buis won double gold in the 100/400m and Du Toit got silver and gold in the same combo

The trio left for Switzerland on Tuesday (Ferreira will join them at a later date) and Du Toit said that the event will be used as a means of getting to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland later this year.

He told Road to Rio 2016: “I’m very excited to be competing in the 100 and 400m. The 400m is normally my main event but we’ve shifted the training more to 100m this year because at the Commonwealth Games we only a 100m in our class and I want to make the team.

“So I’ve adapted the training from endurance to do more speed work.”

And the adaption has already paid off well as he ran a personal best of 11.98 in the 100m dash. “I was very grateful to get my first sub-12sec in the 100m and hopefully I can do it again. Suzanne has been really great in helping me with the shift.”

Du Toit says the 400m will still be his favourite event and his main focus for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

“I’m really looking forward to Switzerland and also very happy to have Arnu Fourie and Anrun on tour this time, we really missed them in Brazil.”


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