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Hayes makes it medal No15 for Team SA in Rio

By Mark Etheridge

Ilse Hayes followed in the footsteps of Charl du Toit on Saturday to become Team South Africa’s second double medallist at the Rio Paralympics.
After Du Toit had done the double by winning the T37 100 and 400-metre events it was Hayes who added to her T13 100m silver by grabbing silver in the one-lapper.
Winner was France’s Nantenin Keita in 55.78 and Hayes clocked 56.49.
Beaten she may have been but Stellenbosch’s star at least had the satisfaction of beating the woman who had won gold in the 100m, Ukraine’s Leilia Adzhametova (56.60 in third).
‘Yes the 400m wasn’t my main event but I gave it my best. I got a bronze in Athens (2004) so this is better.
‘Obviously my main event was the 100m so my strategy was to go conservatively to begin with. I gave it all for the last 100m but at least I still ended up with my second best time. The competition was very strong this year.
’This is my last Paralympics and I just have to say thanks to God for my talent etc. The silver in the 100m was the cherry on the cake for me as I didn’t train too much for the 400m. But IPC World Championships in London next year have a 100 and 200 so I’ll focus on that.
‘All thanks to a great journey with by coach Suzanne Ferreira and my husband [Cassie] my parent and by training group.’
Hayes’ medal, her seventh in her Paralympic journey, takes Team SA’s medal tally to 15 with just one day to go.
That places the team 22nd on the medals table on Saturday with Nigeria and Tunisia ahead of them in the race to top the continental honours.
In swimming, Alan Ferreira was the final South African swimmer in action, in her fifth and final event. She ended seventh in her heat, in 1:24.60 and failed to make the final.
In cycling, Dane Wilson ended 21st in the C4-5 road race in 2:38.50.

Picture of Hayes courtesy of Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA


11 Comments

  1. Zahn Koen Hughes

    September 17, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Out athletes are on fire. Well done Ilse!

  2. Amanda Christensen

    September 17, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Go team SA… So immensely proud of you ALL

  3. Abel Mabina

    September 17, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Buis took it to 16 with gold medal no 7

  4. Trish McAlister

    September 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Such a gorgeous looking lady too! ❤️

  5. Christene Davids

    September 17, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Well done! Dyan winning Gold in the 400metre

  6. Patricia van Wyk

    September 17, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Super proud of all our Athletics

  7. Brent Webber

    September 17, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    South Africa
    OLYMPIANS
    G S B TOTAL
    2 6 2 10
    South Africa
    PARALYMPIANS
    G S B TOTAL
    7 6 4 17

  8. Charmaine Wilson

    September 18, 2016 at 2:16 am

    Congrats
    Ilse
    Welldone

  9. Tatz Mog

    September 18, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Wow team SA

  10. Razia Ghanchi-Badasie

    September 18, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Congratulations – awesome achievement!!! Proud of her and TEAM SA!!!

  11. Marion Wells

    September 18, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Well done Ilse.

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