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Team SA it’s Rio 13 Sept 2016

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13 September 2016


 Gold: 3

Kevin Paul – Swimming

Hilton Langenhoven – Athletics

Charl du Toit – Athletics

Silver: 2

Ilse Hayes – Athletics

Ntando Mahlangu – Athletics

Bronze: 3

Fanie van der Merwe – Athletics

Tyrone Pillay – Athletics

Zanele Situ – Athletics


Situ bags Bronze

Team SA flag bearer Zanele Situ won Bronze in the Women’s javelin, with a personal best throw of 17.90m (full report to follow)


Buis a hair’s breadth away from bagging bronze

By Mark Etheridge

The track clock couldn’t separate Dyan Buis and Brazilian opponent Edson Pinheiro in a frenetic T37 men’s 100-metre track final at the Rio Paralympics on Tuesday.

After an initial false start to the final it took a photo decision by the judges to deny 2012 Paralympic silver medallist Buis another medal as he and the Brazilian were both adjudged to have run 11.26 seconds. Buis didn’t have the best of starts but was flying at the finish and, beaten to bronze, it was the age-old question of: if only it had been a bit further…

But there was no denying the gold and silver medallists. China’s Jianwen Hu won in a world record 10.74 to dethrone reigning Paralympic champion Evan O’Hanldon who ran 10.98 for a season’s best.

‘The false start was a bit unveiling but it was good that I got my focus back quickly,’ said Buis, originally from Riversdale in the southern Cape but now living in Cape Town where he is an ordained minister.

‘The start wasn’t good but still I have to be satisfied. I came here to run for Go but the result didn’t show that. But what I do know is that I gave my best.

‘I was way behind to begin with and I thought there was still a chance to get through at the end for the medal, it was less than 0.01sec away from that medal but I’m still happy.’


Picture of Buis in action on Tuesday courtesy of Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA

In another final it was London Paralympian Andrea Dalle Ave who also missed out on this occasion. In fact, he mirrored his London position with fifth in the F37 long jump final. He leapt a season’s best 5.86 as China’s Guangxu Shang won with a world record jump of 6.77. In London, Dalle Ave recorded a 6.02 for fifth.

Earlier, in one of the three athletics finals involving South Africans, Liezel Gouws ended seventh in the T37 final with a time of 1:09.08sec. That was slower than the 1:07.86 she ran in Monday’s heats but the North West teenager still looks to have a bright future.

And in the women’sT45/46/46 400-metre heats, it was Anruné Liebenberg who flew the South African flag proudly as she won the first of two heats.

Her time was 1min 01.79sec (second fastest of the qualifiers through to the final) and she’ll be encouraged with that after having undergone knee surgery earlier in the year. China’s Lu Li was quickest with a 1:00.77 win in the first heat.

Four years ago in London, Liebenberg won silver in this event. Big news in Rio on Tuesday was the non-starting of Cuba’s Yunidis Castillo, who was just sensational in London as she won 100, 200 and 400m gold in London with world records in all three.

Swimming didn’t produce much joy for the South Africans as Achmat Hassiem (58.25sec) was 18th fastest in S10 freestyle qualifying, as did Shireen Sapiro (1:08.90) in the same event for women in what looks to be her last race in the Paralympics.

Last swimmer in action was Emily Gray in the S9 50 freestyle and her 33.25 put her 20th in the rankings.


Team SA’s medal hunt continues on Tuesday

By Mark Etheridge

Buoyed by big Tyrone Pillay’s bronze in the shot put on Monday, Team South Africa continue their medal hunt on day six of the Rio Paralympics on Tuesday.

Already there are seven in the bag… gold is what they’re chasing as despite Pillay’s bagging of bronze, Team SA still slipped three places down the medal table to 19th after completion of the day’s events.

In late night action on Monday, South Africans saw action in two swimming finals but there were no medals this time, and Kevin Paul’s gold on the opening day of competition on Thursday, remains the old swimming medal of this campaign.

London Paralympic bronze medallists Hendri Herbst and Achmat Hassiem were in S11 and S10 action, the former in the 50m freestyle, the latter in the 100m butterfly.

Blind swimmer Herbst (diving off the blocks above) was sixth in a time of 27.11 while the man they call ‘Shark Boy’ was eighth in 1:00.96.

Track action saw Liezel Gouws and Dyan Buis both going through to their respective finals. Running the second of two heats, Gouws clocked 1:07.86 in the T38 400m, her preferred event, after she ran the 100m earlier in the Games. She goes into Tuesday’s final as sixth fastest qualifier.

Buis, who won three medals at the last Games, also featured in the second of two heats and was second in 11.29, a season’s best carrying him into the final as third fastest qualifier.

Ahead of him were China’s Jianwen Hu (who ran an impressive 10.93) and defending Paralympic champion Evan O’Hanlon, who, remember, ran 10.79 to take gold in London four years ago.



Also in action will be Andrea Dalle Ave in the T37 long jump final. He was fifth in this event at the last Paralympics with a leap of 6.02m but has since gone on to improve that to 6.05m, a continental record.

Tennis saw Lucas Sithole lost 0-6 3-6 to Aussie Dylan Alcott in the semi-final and he’s in bronze medal action on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, on the equestrian front, four-time Paralympian Philippa Johnson-Dwyer and Lord Louis have their second ride of the Games on Tuesday.

At the weekend they were in action and finished fifth.

She says: ‘I have to say I was very proud of Louis. We had continuous, what we thought was gun fire, but it turned out to be fireworks being let off at a soccer match next door to the arena through our ride but he didn’t once react!

‘It’s not his best test as there is a lot of stop, start which normally allows him to get long and behind my leg but he felt amazing. We finished fifth with 69.92%. The exciting part is that between us and the horse that finished second is only 0.4% so how’s that for close grouping?’ Tuesday sees the same combination taking on the Individual Championships.

Pictures of Herbst and Sithole, courtesy of Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA



SuperSport will broadcast two 24-hour channels (SS13 and SS14) in High Definition for the duration of the Games with producers choosing the best of four feeds from Olympic Broadcast Services. What isn’t broadcast live will be broadcast on a delayed basis.

The popular Blitz channel will carry regular Paralympic news items, while the two TV channels will be available via streaming via www.supersport.com and the SuperSport and DStv Now apps, as well as social platforms and DStv Catch Up.

Daily two-hour highlights packages will be scheduled on SS Select and SS9.


TEAM SA APP for Paralympics.

Following on from the Olympic Games, Team SA has its own App for all South African sports supporters wanting to follow Team SA athletes at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Loads of information can be found on the very easy to navigate App, bringing you results, competition schedules, athlete profiles, images and videos of the athletes plus more.

The App is free, users can download the App and it’s available globally. https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/teamsarise/id1133481695?mt=8 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…

Support your team and keep up to date on daily sporting events in Rio with #TeamSArise mobile.


Results from Tuesday 13 September 2016




Achmat Hassiem – 100m Freestyle S10 (finished in 5th place, time of 58.25 and failed to qualify for finals)

Shireen Shapiro – 100m Freestyle S10 (finished in 7th place, time of 1:08.90 an failed to qualify for finals)

Emily Gray – 50m Freestyle S9 (finished in 7th place, time of 33.91 and failed to qualify for the finals)



Anrune Liebenberg 400m T47 (finished 1st, time of 1:101.79 and qualified for the finals) Leizel Gouws (final) 400m T37 (finished 7th, time of 1:09.08)

Dyan Buis (final) 100m T38 (finished 4th, time of 11.26, beaten for Bronze, by one thousand of a second)

Andrea Dalle Ave (final) Long Jump T37 (finished 5th with a best jump of 5.86m) Zanele Situ – Javelin F54 final (BRONZE finished with a throw of 17.90m) EQUESTRIAN:

Phillipa Johnson – Individual Championship Test –Grade III Dressage Final (finished in 7th position on Lord Louis with 69.390 points)

Athletes in action on Wednesday 14 September 2016

(All times listed below are for South Africa)


No swimming today.


4.07pm Zanele Situ – medal ceremony Javelin F54 5.27pm Ndodomzi Ntutu 100m T12 (heat)

5.50pm Ntando Mahlangu 100m T42 (heat) 10.30pm Zandile Nhlapo Shot Put F34 (final) 11.26pm Anrune Liebenberg 400m T47 (final)

00.24am (Thurs) Anrune Liebenberg 400m T47 (medal ceremony)


5.00pm Lucas Sithole – Quad mixed singles Bronze medal match WT20-21


2.15pm Graham Paull – Men’s Kayak single KL1 200m (heat) 3.22pm Potential semi final


1.00pm Craig Ridgard – Road Time trial C2 (final) 2.00pm Roxy Burns – Road Time trial C1-3 (final) 2.17pm Ernst van Dyk – Road time trial H5 (final) 3.30pm Justine Asher – Road time trial H2-3 (final)

4.40pm Craig Ridgard – potential medal presentation – Road Time trial C2 5.00pm Roxy Burns – potential medal presentation Road Time trial C1-3 5.05pm Ernst van Dyk – potential medal presentation Road time trial H5 5.30pm Justine Asher – potential medal presentation Road time trial H2-3 6.56pm Dane Wilson – Road time trial C5 (final)

8.23pm Goldy Fuchs – Road time trial T1-2 (final)

9.15pm Dane Wilson – potential medal presentation Road time trial C5

9.35pm Goldy Fuchs – potential medal presentation Road time trial T1-2


3.15pm Shaun Anderson – Men’s individual compound – open 1/16 8.00pm Men’s individual compound – open 1/8

10.00pm Men’s individual compound – open 1/4 11.15pm Men’s individual compound – open- finals

00.20am (Thurs) Men’s individual compound – potential medal ceremony


Source: Sascoc

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