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Hayes loses world record but Du Toit gets a world best for himself
- Updated: May 29, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
South African para-athletics lost one world record at the weekend but bounced back to grab another at the IPC Swiss track and field nationals in Nottwill.
Double Paralympic gold medallist Ilse Hayes had her T13 100-metre record snatched away by Ukraine’s Leilia Adzhametova as the South African finished first and second in both sprint events. New face on the block, Adzhametova clocked 11.82 to knock 0.07 off the previous best set by Hayes in Brazil last year. Hayes clocked 12.16.
But fellow Stellenbosch training group athlete Charl du Toit saw normal service resumed for Suzanne Ferreira’s squad.
He was in both 400m and 100m action and his T 37 world record came in the latter event as he dashed to a 11.43sec clocking.
That saw him chopping 0.03sec off the old mark, held jointly by fellow South African Fanie van der Merwe and Russia’s Andrey Vidovin.
He told Road to Rio 2016: ’These two races will most definitely go down as one of the best days on an athletics track in my career and definitely one of the best trips performance wise!
‘I’m really super thankful. The 400m was up first in the morning and it was rainy and very wet… but thanks to racing alongside Dyan Buis [two-time silver medallist at the London Paralympics], who also ran a 400m personal best) I was able to ran a PB of 51:12 ( previous best 51:21).
‘So I was really thankful! The 100m was my last race of the champs
’It felt like I had a great start and accelerated well from 60m onwards. I also finished strong and it was a very good feeling crossing the line and seeing the time! All the glory two God and a big shout out to our amazing team and our amazing coach! And thanks to SASCOC as well for this trip.’
Du Toit also gave credit to conditioning coach Sean Surmon for the part he played.
There was also a gold medal for Reinhardt Hamman in the men’s javelin and 100m gold went to Arnu Fourie (11.06) in the men’s T44 and Jonathan Ntutu (11.35) in the T12.
Said Hamman, also from Cape Town: ‘Today’s event started off very wet. My first three throws were all over 48m. Unfortunately I would have liked the clouds to be a lot higher, but hey you get what you get.
‘On my fifth throw I managed to throw 50.01m. Glad to end off the first part of my european tour with two 50m throws.
‘Big thanks must go out to SASCOC and the OPEX programme because without them this trip would not be possible.
‘Now its back to the drawing board and to start preparing for my two events in Berlin, Germany in July.’
Picture of Du Toit, far right, courtesy of Reinhardt Hamman