Durban strong-man, Tyrone Pillay added a seventh medal for South Africa last night when he heaved an incredible 13.91 meters with his last attempt in shot put (F42) on the fifth day (12 September) of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The distance, also a national and African record, won Pillay the bronze. Gold went to Great Britain’s, Aled Davies who set a new Paralympic mark of 15.97, and silver to Iranian Sajad Mohammadian for his 14.41 season’s best.

“This is what I dreamt about doing. For 33 years this is all I dreamt about. I said to myself that I am not going to let this up now. And on the last one I threw a 13.91, a new South African record. New African record. I mean, you can’t get any better than that. I just love it,” Pillay is quoted as saying.

Hoping to add to South Africa’s medals tally today will be Liezel Gouws in the 400 meter T37 final, Dyan Buis in the 100 meter T38 final, and Andrea Dalle Ave in the long jump T37 event.

Only one South African is in action on the field. Flagbearer and five-time Paralympian, Zanele Situ will be competing in the F54 seated javelin item while in the heat rounds, Jonathan Ntutu (100m T12) and Anrune Liebenberg (400m T47) will be competing to progress to the next rounds scheduled for tomorrow.

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