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Hasty Hayes has unfinished business after another African sprint record
- Updated: April 1, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Three-time Paralympian Ilse Hayes smashed through yet another athletics barrier at the 2015 Nedbank National Championships for Disabled in Johannesburg.
A five-time Paralympic medallist, the Stellenbosch based athlete who suffers from the optical illness, Stargardt’s Disease, was in action in the T13 200-metre event at the University of Johannesburg track.
She was one of the stars of the night, blitzed into victory in a new African record of 24.79 seconds and beating Western Province’s Anika Pretorius into second spot.
The Suzanne Ferreira-trained athlete was over the moon with her time.
‘Im really really happy. Have been wanting to break 25sec for a very long time,’ she told Road to Rio 2016. ‘Ive been working really hard in all aspects of my training so am really glad it’s paying off.
‘Last night saw perfect conditions – no wind and warm weather so couldn’t ask for more. I felt really strong to the end and I could maintain my leg speed till over the line, very glad about that.
‘Tonight is the 100m which is my main event so I’m looking forward to that.’
After these championships Hayes will head back home for the able-bodied nationals in her home town of Stellenbosch on 17-18 April and new territory for the bubbly brunette. ‘I qualified for the first time ever for these nationals so I’m very happy with that too. I’m doing the 100m.’
She’ll then switch Stellenbosch for Sao Paolo, Brazil for a grand prize event on 23-25 April. ‘That’s my first international comp of the year… so busy times ahead.’
Another happy Western Province athlete was Reinhardt Hamman who won gold in the F38 discus.
‘My first day of the National Championships went fantastically well,’ he told Road to Rio 2016. ‘I went into the discus competition with a personal best of 34.60m and on my first throw I threw a 39.93m bettering that PB and smashing the SA record of 36.55 held by Willem Maree and this boosted my confidence hugely for my Javelin tomorrow morning at (9am) and my shot put at noon.’
Picture of Hayes in action on Tuesday courtesy of Martin Potgieter