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SA’s Hayes hurtles to world best in Brazil

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By Mark Etheridge

Three-time Paralympic sprinter Ilse Hayes continued her dream season with a world record in the 100-metre dash in Brazil on Thursday.
The Stellenbosch ace raced to a superlative time of 11.89 seconds in the T13 category.
She was competing at the III Caixa Loterias Athletics and Swimming Open Championships in the sprawling city of Sao Paulo.
The previous world mark of 11.99 had stood behind the name of Cuba’s Omara Durand, set in Guadalajara, Mexico in November, 2011.
Earlier this year she had set a new African record of 24.79sec in the 200m at the Nedbank National Championships for Disabled in Johannesburg.
Hayes is one of a group of South Africans in Brazil as they look to up their game ahead of next year’s Paralympics, also in Brazil but in Rio de Janeiro.
Hayes also won gold in the 100m at the Johannesburg nationals, clocking 12.22 in cold conditions not suited to sprinting.
Other good results on the first day of the three-day competition came from Anruné Liebenberg in the T46 category as she ran a personal best and African record of 12.77 in the 100m while three-time Paralympian Fanie van der Merwe ran a season-leading 11.60, also in the 100m (T37).
In the field events, Tyrone Pillay won a silver medal in men’s shot put (F42) with 12,64m.
Coach Karin le Roux explained further about her own athlete, Paralympian Zanele Situ in the javelin.
‘The technical officials had some issues with Zanele’ s seating position forcing her to change her seating position on her chair in competition.
‘She still won a silver medal in the javelin mixed classes F53/54. Reinhardt Hamman also had a good day in the men’s shot put men’s (F38). Although there was no medals for this event he finished first with a PB and new SA record of 13.77m.

In the picture above, Hayes enjoys a celebratory post world record meal.


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