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Heroic Hayes’ gold makes it eight medals for SA in Qatar
- Updated: October 28, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
It was the girls who continued to make all the running for South Africa at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday night as Ilse Hayes won the team’s second gold medal.
Hard on the heels of training partner and fellow Stellenbosch athlete Anruné Liebenberg’s gold in the T47 400-metre final the previous evening, Hayes blitzed to victory in the T13 200m dash.
Hayes, who is the 100m world record holder in her classification, clocked 25.24 seconds for the victory. That saw her finish more than a second clear of runner-up Kym Crossby of the US (25.93).
In the same race, Hayes’ fellow South African Anika Pretorius was fifth in 27.63, in this her first IPC World Championships.
Shortly after Hayes’ heroics, Liebenberg was again in action, this time in the T47 200m where she qualified comfortably for the final in 26.23 as she placed third in the first of two semi-finals.
There was plenty of field action for the team as SA athletes were involved in three finals, namely the men’s F46 javelin final, the women’s F35 shot put and the women’s T38 long jump.
Van Zyl fared best, the 2012 Paralympian ending fourth in the shot put with a season’s best 9.11m.
And then Jan van Staden and Juanelie Meijer both took eighth spot in their respective finals.
Meier, who was part of Team SA at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland last year, jumped 3.87m as Russia’s Margarita Goncharova won with a leap of 5.09.
Van Staden, from Rustenberg in the North West is also at his first IPC World Champs. He lost his left arm in a motor vehicle accident in 2013 and his first disabled competition was only this year so he’s most certainly one to watch in future.
On Tuesday night his javelin pegged at 46.24m and while that only saw him finish eighth behind China’s Chunlian Guo (61.89) it was still a personal best.
South Africa’s eighth medal in the competition has now seen them climb to 17th in the medal standings. The competition winds up on Saturday.
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.