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Dalla Ave and Hamman have that golden glow
- Updated: April 3, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Two of South Africa’s 2016 Paralympic hopefuls wrapped up their Nedbank Championships for Disabled in style at the University of Johannesburg venue this week.
Long jumper and 2014 Commonwealth Games competitor Andrea Dalla Ave soared to an African record in the long jump (T37 category) while Reinhardt Hamman headed back to his Cape Town base with no less than three gold records – in the discus, shot put and javelin.
Dalla Ave who is also no mean sprinter, and was among the Commonwealth medals in Glasgow last year, hit the sand at the 6.05-metre mark, meaning he improved on his old mark by three centimetres.
‘It’s at my home ground so I know the jumping pits well,’ Dalla Ave told Road to Rio 2016.
‘On the current world rankings that leap will make me No1 in my class.’ The old mark was set by Dalla Ave at the London Paralympics and he’s already revved up for Rio.
‘My coach, Emmarie Fouche, and I honestly believe I can better the world mark of 6.31. So I’m actually setting my mind on going further than 6.31.’
It may seem a big leap of faith but Dalla Ave has every confidence in his abilities. ‘By the time Rio comes along we thing that jumping a further 26 odd centimetres is definitely possible and something we work on day by day.’
As for Hamman he was a happy man after his three golden marks.
‘It’s been an amazing national championships for me and I have to thank coaches Daniel Damon (javelin) and Karen le Roux (shot put and discus) and my strength and conditioning coach (Andre Smith) for all their input and getting me to nationals.
Hamman’s discus record came after he went into the competition with a personal best opening effort of 34.60 and he improved that to a 39.93m record with his opening throw.
‘The shot put started off well with a 12.50m and after staying nice and calm I managed to push a 13.49, 6cm better than my own SA mark.
‘The javelin didn’t start off so well but after throwing a 46m I found my groove and pumped out at 48.34m which broke my own SA and Africa record.
‘Daniel and I wanted to reach between a 47-50m distance so throwing 48.34 is a great way to start my 2015 season off.’
Next up is the European season and the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
‘I’d love to break that world record at either World Championships or at the Paralympics,’ he concluded.
Picture of Dalla Ave in action this week, courtesy of Duif du Toit/Gallo Images