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Hamman and Buis take SA’s medal tally to five in Qatar
- Updated: October 26, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Big Cape Town shot-putter Reinhardt Hamman heaved his way to South Africa’s fourth medal of the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Sunday.
And Paralympian Dyan Buis also added a silver medal as he leapt 6.30 metres in the F38 long jump final.
Competing in the F38 category, Hamman left his best for last as his sixth attempt thudded into the Qatar Sports Centre turf at 13.37 metres.
That saw him secure silver at Oleksandr Doroshenko of Ukraine got gold in 14.71m.
‘Today’s competition was the toughest competition of my athletics career,’ Hamman told Road to Rio 2016.
‘I had to try and focus on what I needed to do and forget about how insanely hot it was out there. I’m super happy with today’s results, as I managed to improve my distance from Lyon 2013, where I placed fifth.’
Hamman also took time to thank his support team. ‘Today’s result wouldn’t be possible without my coach Karin le Roux, as well as strength and conditioning coach Andre Smith.
‘I’d also like to thank my sponsor and SASCOC for having faith in me.’
Two years ago at the last IPC World Championships in Lyon, France, Hamman won the javelin gold medal.
In the shot put discipline in Lyon, he threw 11.67m so the improvement is there to see. His current season’s best stands at 13.77m.
It was Buis’ second silver of the Championships after he was runner-up in the F38 200m dash. ‘So thankful for the silver in the long jump tonight with a season’s best distance of 6.30m… haven’t jumped that far in years,’ said Buis afterwards.
Three other South Africans were in action on another searing day in the desert.
Hilton Langenhoven made up for the disappointment of failing to secure a legitimate mark in the long jump on Saturday when he went through the qualifying rounds of the T12 400m event. He clocked a season’s best 50.83sec to end second by just 0.01sec to Azerbaijan’s Elmir Jabrayilov.
That sees him fourth fastest qualifier into the final with Portugal’s Luis Goncalves fastest with 50.19.
Then Gerrit Kruger, who turns 26 next month, took ninth spot in the F37 shot put final, his second of three efforts landing at 12.71m as Dong Xia won in 15.94m.
The only South African woman in action on Sunday was Louzanne Coetzee. She raced the first of two T11 1500m heats and a personal best of 5:29.26 saw her end fourth her heat as Colombia’s Maritza Arrangao Buitrago won in 5:05.52. Unfortunately, her PB wasn’t enough to secure her a spot in Monday’s final.
Monday will see Langenhoven in action in that T12 400m final and the only other South African in action is little Anruné Liebenberg, also in the 400m but in the T47 category. Liebenberg is a silver medallist from the 2012 London Paralympics.
South Africa’s five medals see them in join 28th spot on the medals table and it’s going to need some gold medals over the remainder of the championships to get them climbing up the ladder.
At the 2013 Championships SA ended 20th on the table with 18 medals (three of them gold).
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.