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Situ seals SA’s third medal at IPC World Championships
- Updated: October 24, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Three-time Paralympian Zanele Situ won South Africa’s third medal of the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Friday evening.
She threw her way to bronze in the F54 javelin with her best evening effort pegging at 16.36 metres.
Gold medal throw went to Tunisia’s Hania Aidi who threw an 18.86m best.
Speaking to Road to Rio 2016, the 2000 Paralympic javelin gold medalllist said: ‘This medal means a lot to me.. I have worked long hours for it, and its always good to see the results from hard training.
‘Compared to previous world champs this competition was definitely the best. This was the first time that I’ve just competed against athletes in my own class, which is really nice, because usually we are the ones who have to compete against other classes as well with the RAZA points, which sometimes feels unfair.’
But Situ’s Championships aren’t done yet. ‘I’ve still got the discus to compete in next week and then I’m looking forward to a small holiday in December with my family and then the big preparations for Rio 2016 that lie ahead! My thanks go to SASCOC for this opportunity to compete here.’
Also in Friday action for South Africa were Anika Pretorius and Mpumelelo Mhlongo, both IPC Athletics World Championships debutants.
Competing in the men’s T44 long jump final, Mhlongo may have missed out on the podium but his 6.82m with his penultimate jump was an African record and the 21-year-old will take huge motivation going forward. The event was won by Germany’s Markus Rehm in 8.40m and Mhlongo’s mark was just 9cm off the bronze medal jump.
Pretorius ran the T13 heats and her third place in the second of two heats with a time of 1min 03.83sec was good enough to see her through to the final.
Last month in Brazzaville, Congo, Pretorius won two medals in the T13 100 and 400m events.
Pretorius gets no rest after her heat as she’s in that 400m final on Saturday, one of three South Africans in action.
The others are 2012 Paralympians Hilton Langenhoven and Teboho Mokgalagadi.
Langenhoven is in the T12 long jump while Mokgalagadi is in T35 200m heat action.
SA’s trip to the IPC Athletics World Championships is made possible by sponsors Nedbank, SASOL, Sport and Recreation SA, the National Lottery Distribution Fund, 361º and SAA.