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Paralympics star Ilse dashes to new African 200m record
- Updated: April 1, 2015
Five-time Paralympic medallist Ilse Hayes and visiting German athlete Irmgard Bensusan led the charge on Tuesday evening, as records tumbled on the opening day of the track and field competition at the Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled in Johannesburg.
Hayes, who has earned medals at the last three editions of the Paralympic Games, broke the African record in the women’s T13 200-metre sprint.
She crossed the line in 24.79 seconds to finish more than two seconds ahead of Western Province team-mate Anika Pretorius.
Bensusan meanwhile, set a new world record of 26.64 seconds to secure victory in the women’s T44 200m event.
Rising star Liezel Gouws of the North West province also set a new global mark in her age category, clocking 2min 42.39sec to win the youth girls’ T37 800m event, while Free State athlete Dineo Mokhosoa set a new African standard in the T36 women’s long jump final, with a best leap of 2.51m.
Ntando Mahlangu also produced a standout age group performance with an African sub-youth record of 13.20 seconds in the T42 100m sprint.
Six other athletes set SA records in the open division of their events – Jan van Staden (men F46 javelin throw, 43.57m), Adeo Breet (men F33 shot put, 6.30m), Carley Lomax (women T12 200m, 29.21), Eugene Klaasen (men T53 200m event, 31.86), Zandile Nhlapo (women F34 javelin throw, 13.84m) and Reinhardt Hamman (men F38 discus, 39.93).
On a groundbreaking day, a further eight athletes broke national age group marks in junior, youth and sub-youth disciplines.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, junior cyclists continued their fine form at the annual championships, with a total of nine riders pocketing their third gold medals of the event.
Gauteng swept to the top of the seven-a-side football table, remaining unbeaten after three matches.
The hosts, who had romped to a 7-1 win over North West the previous day, added impressive victories over Eastern Cape (6-2) and KwaZulu-Natal (6-1).
North West triumphed with a 6-1 scoreline against Western Province to settle in second place on the log.