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SA field athletes fine-tune in Europe
- Updated: July 10, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Two of South Africa’s leading para-athletes turned in some fine performances in Europe this week.
Paralympics veteran Zanele Situ and fellow field athlete Tyrone Pillay were in action.
Situ, set for her fifth Paralympics in Rio later this year, had a personal best in the discus at a meeting in Slupsk, Poland with a throw of 14.71-metre, which was at first believed to be a national record.
Situ, pictured in action above, had 16.94m in the javelin while Pillay threw a 13.05m in the shot put.
Said Karin le Roux, who coaches both athletes. ‘It’s good result for both of them. It’s Tyrone’s second best distance ever and Zanele’s third best.
‘Both had a very good week of training and we are looking forward to one more week in Berlin and competing again next week in Berlin at the IPC grand prix competition in Berlin.
‘We’re thankful for the opportunities SASCOC is giving my athletes to make use of great training facilities and competition opportunities in this last build-up towards Rio 2016.
As for Situ: ‘My competition was really good, i enjoyed it very much, I’m very happy with my performances today and last weekend, I’m looking forward to Rio because i know I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in.’
Pillay, pictured with coach Le Roux, here, was surprised at his efforts. ‘It was my first competition since Rio so I wasn’t expecting much. But I managed 13.05m so I’m really happy with that.
‘It was a combined class, I was the only F42 athlete up against F20 and F37 athletes. I think given the phase of training were in right now the distance wasn’t bad but I hope to go further in the Grand Prix in Berlin.
‘Thanks to SASCOC for assisting me in getting to Germany and to be able to compete here is a great build-up leading into Rio.’