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Barren day but SA now gear up for final day of IPC Champs

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By Mark Etheridge

After the heady heights of Thursday’s six medals, it was a quieter day for South Africa on the penultimate day of the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Friday.
No medals came the way of South Africa, Anruné Liebenberg’s fourth spot in the T47 100-metre the best of the bunch. Liebenberg is already a double-medallist at these championships
The lack of medals saw South Africa slip down one slot to 12th on the medals table.
The team will need at least one more gold medal on Saturday’s final day of action to move up the table as they and Ukraine both have four golds.
South African athletes were involved in three finals, Gerrit Kruger (F37 discus) and Mpumelelo Mhlongo (T44 high jump) being the others.
Liebenberg clocked 12.90 for her fourth spot behind American Deja Young (12.69).
Kruger’s 40.06 in the discus saw him end 13th behind Azerbaijan’s Khusnidden Norbekov’s 53.81 who took gold.
Mhlongo, pictured in action above, took fifth in the high jump with an African record of 1.80m and was witness to a world record jump of 2.18m by Maciej Lepiato of Poland.
Other South Africans were involved in heat action with Fanie van der Merwe’s 11.61 seeing him progress in the men’s T37 100m heats; Charl du Toit’s personal bet 11.67 saw him also go through in the same event while Dyan Buis (11.57 season best) and Union Magesh Sekailwe (11.92) both went through in the T38 100m.
All four will be in action for the green and gold machine on Saturday’s final day of the Championships.

Picture of Mhlongo courtesy of Francois Nel/Getty Images

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.


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