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SA Paralympic duo get gold and silver in London
- Updated: July 28, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
South African 2012 Paralympians Charl du Toit and Fanie van der Merwe have once again flown the South African flag high on the international stage.
The pair, pictured far right, and second from left above, took first and second spot in the men’s 100-metre event at the London IPC Grand Final in the Olympic stadium at the weekend.
The race was a T37 classification event and Du Toit won in 11.69sec with Van der Merwe second in 11.77.
‘It was lovely to be back in that great stadium,’ Du Toit told Road to Rio 2016 as he was already back in training at Stellenbosch University. ‘I was really excited leading up to the race and it was truly wonderful to race against such great athletes/friends. It felt like I had a decent first 40m and felt good accelerating from 40 to 80m.
‘I’m very happy that I was able to hold on for the victory! All the glory two God and my amazing team that I’m surrounded by they are truly inspirational.’
Du Toit went on to say that the SA duo were fortunate to get to race at the London event.
‘This was the final IPC grand prix and there were only 20 events were selected. We got the 100m so we were really grateful.’
Next up will be the IPC Athletics World Championships in Qatar in October. ‘My build-up towards worlds is looking good so all glory to our wonderful team.
‘I’ve been blessed with a good season so far and I really hope that I can keep it up going into Worlds. I’ll be competing in the 200m and 400m there and am really excited to race.’
To watch the weekend’s race, click here: London IPC Grand Prix