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What our stars had to say about a great day at the office!

By Mark Etheridge

Here’s a quick look at what some of Team South Africa’s swimming and track stars had to say about their different races on Saturday:

Charl Bouwer (gold, S13, 50m freestyle):
“I had what we describe in Afrikaans as ‘hoendervleis’ [goosebumps]. My mom and dad watched from the stands. They came all the way over from South Africa and the support from them has been amazing. My main event is the 100m freestyle tomorrow and I’m ranked second there and want to make my country proud. I won’t let this win go to my head as I have other races to prepare for but I’m very happy.”

Teboho Mokgalagadi (silver, T35,100m):
“I came on fast at the end. I just tried to move my hands as fast as I could and hoped the legs would correspond! I want to celebrate but I’ve also got the 200m on 5 September so have to try and relax until then.”

Achmat Hassiem (bronze, S10, butterfly):
“I learnt a lot from little mistakes in the morning heats. In the final I just concentrated on the simple things. I was ninth fastest in Beijing and missed the final so the hard work over the last four years has paid off. We don’t have much at home but I have now brought a medal home to South Africa. Thanks to my mom, Thoraiya who wakes me up at 4am with my porridge. With the medal incentive from SASCOC I want to try and get a running prosthesis to help build up my glute muscles.”

Jonathan Ntutu (bronze, T13, 100m);
“I did everything right until about 60m but near the end I was very edgy and all thoughts went out of my head! I was more composed in the heats and my coach may ‘shout’ a little bit at me but a medal is a medal. I’ll use the medal incentive money to help support my son Siyabonga as well as help my mom.”

Oscar Pistorius (world record, T43 200m):
“Coming back to London for the Paralympics and I would never have guessed I’d run a world record here tonight, it’s a huge bonus, overwhelming. But if this is a sign of things to come its great. Running in lane eight I could here Jim Bob Bizzell on my inside but didn’t want to see him and coming into the home straight I felt very comfortable.”

Arnu Fourie (world record, T44, 200m):
“I think I’ve saved a bit for the final tomorrow night. Having run one Paralympics before is a big difference. The experience it gives you is a huge plus. Running against the T43’s means you have to go out hard because they come quickly at the end.”

One Comment

  1. Bridget

    September 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    To each one of you, I would like to say CONGRATULATIONS, job very well done, we are so very proud of you. Thank You đŸ™‚

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