Day nine (16 September) of the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics produced a 14th medal for South Africa and a second gold for Stellenbosch sports ambassador, Charl du Toit.

Wearing his trademark smile, du Toit comfortably won the 400m T37 race, setting a new Paralympic record (51.13s) for another top spot to add to his 100 meter gold – a fitting end to his Rio campaign. Silver went to Omar Monterola (52.93s RR), and bronze to Algeria’s Sofiane Hamdi (53.01s SB).

After the race, du Toit had nothing but praise for the medical team saying that he woke up not feeling great but that the team doctor was quick to sort this out. Du Toit also thanked his coach, Suzanne Ferreira, and his Stellenbosch training team saying, ‘they include some of the best athletes in the world such as Arnu Fourie, Ilse Hayes, Fanie van der Merwe, Dyan Buis and Anrune Liebenberg’.

Liebenberg ran a season’s best clocking 26.57 seconds in the 200 meter T47 final for fourth spot after adding silver to the tally in the 400 on Wednesday.

In the heat rounds, track athletes, Ilse Carstens (nee Hayes), Dyan Buis, Hilton Langenhoven and Jonathan Ntutu all progressed to the final day (17 September) of track action. Carstens and Buis will be looking to add more medals in the 400 meter finals, while Langenhoven and Ntutu first need to get through the semi’s for a place in tonight’s final of the 200m T12 race.

This is the first time since the start of her career that Carstens is again competing in the 400 at a Paralympics event. She goes into the race as the fastest qualifier (56.20 PB) and has a good chance to add another podium for the South African team after already winning silver in the 100 meter item on Sunday.

Also competing on the day is F55 javelin bronze medallist, Zanele Situ in the seated discus, and Cape Town engineering student, Mpumelelo Mhlongo in T44 long jump.

Written by: Liezel van Rensburg / Photo credit: Martin Potgieter