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Another sprint double for Hayes as SA athletes shine in Berlin
- Updated: June 22, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
South Africa’s para-athletics stars had another successful outing in Europe at the weekend as they continued to build up to the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar later this year.
Last weekend saw the group taking part in Grosseto, Italy and this time out it was the Berlin Open in Germany. This was the ninth IPC Grand Prix event of the year and the last before the London Grand Final next month.
Ilse Hayes, the world’s fastest female Paralympian sprinter, was at it again and notched up a sprint double in the T13 category.
She won the 100m in 12.43 seconds in chilly conditions not favouring fast times. She then went on to add the 200m title in 25.04sec.
‘I’m happy with that, I came here to run a really good bend because that’s what we’ve been working on and I think I achieved that today,” Hayes told the IPC website. ‘Time isn’t important for me at this stage as I work towards Doha so all this competition is working well in terms of preparation.’
In the men’s T12 100m sprint, Hayes’ fellow London Paralympian, Jonathan Ntutu won in 11.30.
And the 100m T37 final saw Charl du Toit (11.68, a personal best) and Fanie van der Merwe (12.03) winning silver and bronze for SA as Russia’s Cherman Kobesov won in 11.72. The T38 saw more SA triumph as Union Sekailwe won, the London Paralympian clocking 12.16sec. Du Toit then got gold in the men’s 400m with a time of 52.05 and a second gold in the 200 (23.36, a personal best).
‘I really enjoyed the competition and feel really blessed to have raced the times that I did.’ said Du Toit. ‘All the credit must go to our amazing team and our coach and gym trainer!
‘The 400m was a very tight race I was still about two metres behind with 40m to go and thanks to the support of my team members in the stands I managed to take the race on the line.’
The women’s T47 400m final saw Anruné Liebenberg taking silver with a time of 58.61 behind Russia’s Arina Baranova ((58.23).
Field events saw javelin ace Reinhardt Hamman taking gold in the F11-13/38 division which featured a small field of seven competitors, with a throw of 45.82m on his second attempt, while in the long jump, three-timer Paralympian Hilton Langenhoven won the F11/13 division with a 6.63m effort as fellow South African Andrea Dalle Ave won the F37 division with a 5.51m best.
Hamman told Road to Rio 2016: ‘My competition kind of of went to plan. I managed to take second place for the F37/38 shot put as it worked on distance and not points, but managed a 13.05m. The distance might not be close to my season’s best of 13.77m but my technique was 110% where I want it.
‘My javelin competition didn’t turn out the way I wanted as the beds we slept in gave me a stiff and sore neck which mean it was very difficult for my to pull off a big distance. But I still managed to throw a 45.82m and took the gold.’
The women’s F54 discus saw another gold going the way of Zanele Situ as she won with a 14.43 heave, the winning throw coming on her third attempt.
The men’s shot put (F42) produced another medal, bronze in this case, for big Durbanite Tyrone Pillay as he threw a 12.24m. ‘It was a long and tough day of competition. Not my best for the year, conditions weren’t best but third place overall and I found key areas were I need to work on going forward. This tour was tough and challenging but everything in life is a stepping stone towards greater goals.