South Africa’s para-athletics team arrived home from the African Games with seven medals added to the country’s overall tally.

The Games, that took place between 4-19 September, was an important opportunity to impress ahead of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships taking place in Doha next month.

Durban’s Tyrone Pillay (F42 shot put)* started things off by winning SA’s first para-gold with a heave measuring 11.28 meters. Silver went to Libya’s Waleed Ashteebah (10.50m), and bronze to SA’s

Heugene Murray (9.94m). Golden sprints came from Paralympians Fanie van der Merwe (T37) and Jonathan Ntutu (T12) – both of whom hold African Records (AFR) in their divisions.

Van der Merwe ran an 11.60 seconds in the 100 meter dash, (less than a tenth of a second from his AFR which stands at 11.51s), while Ntutu ran the 200 in 22.47 seconds for another gold. The T12 200 meter silver went to Hilton Langenhoven (22.69s).

In the T13 class, Stellenbosch sprinter Anika Pretorius grabbed bronze in the 400 meter race (1:02.16s) followed by silver in the 100 meter (13.58s). A great result considering she only had 15 minutes between races.

“Thanks to everyone involved for an incredible Brazzaville experience; the SASCOC General Management Team, the media, medical team, and physios. To the athletes, it was an honour to work with all of you,” says Team Manager, Karin Le Roux.

SA’s para-athletes now await SASCOC’s announcement of the team selected for Doha World’s.

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*Classifications

T12/13 – visually impaired

T37 – cerebral palsy

F42 – amputee, above-knee