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By Mark Etheridge

Two prospective Paralympic athletes are in Rio de Janeiro for this week’s IPC Grand Prix track and field meeting.
Sprinter Union Sekailwe and shot-putter Tyrone Pillay jetted off to Rio on Sunday.
They’re the only two South Africans in action in the Test event which should give the duo invaluable experience of the South American country.
‘I’ll be running 100 and 400m,’ Sekailwe, a 2012 London Paralympian, told Road to Rio 2016. ‘I’m very busy with training and my coach, Alta Oelofse, is pushing me hard.

12193441_10153371217534545_1698349754715600242_n‘I’m gymning every morning, sometimes going to training after that and then training again in the afternoon.
‘Rio will see me concentrating on the 400m and I’d like to run a time of around 51sec in Rio,’ said the T38 classified athlete.
As for Pillay and the big Durban shot-putter (F42 category) who turned 36 earlier this month, is in confident frame of mind.
‘Considering I was out for three months after world champs, things are progressing nicely. No athlete is ever happy with the distances they throw, so this year I don’t feel I have quite hit my straps as yet but will be hoping to do so in Rio.
‘I’ll be glad to better my personal best of 13.03m which I threw in London three years ago,’ the Karin le Roux coached athlete told Road to Rio 2016 after safely arriving in Brazil. ‘We’ve had a lot of improvements over the last month and I’m happy with the technical aspects that we have changed.
‘Rio will certainly be a great experience and we’ll be able to give everyone a good run down of what to expect when the Paralympics comes around in September.’


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