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Up Close with Olympian Philip Snyman

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Philip Snyman, Blizbok champion and 2016 Olympian speaks with wisdom, depth and  insight about life, sport, faith and destiny. He was expectant  for good results in Rio and I report with pride that he did  brilliant at the Rio Olympics along with his team mates. He was also much honoured to have joined the 35 club of World Rugby Sevens Series earlier this year. Philip exudes such  gratefulness, commitment and passion towards life and his sport –  qualities that indeed make a man powerful.

Describing himself as a person he says, “ I am a husband, family man and team player who hates to disappoint people. I just want the best for the people close to me. I think I am also quite laid back”.

I like what he says about destiny “Always put an extra plate at the dinner table, so when destiny knocks on the door you can invite it in”.

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Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Philip Snyman
Nick Name Phil
Date of birth 26/03/1987
Place of birth Bloemfontein
Current City Stellenboch
Height 188cm
Weight 95kg
Shoe Size 10
Club Springbok 7’s (Blitzboks)
Coach’s Name Neil Powell
Out of Country events World Sevens Series 
Secondary Sport/ sports Rugby, Cricket, Swimming and Athletics 
Favorite City Cape Town 
Favorite Song/ type of music Kings of Leon, U2
Favorite Movie A Knights tale 
School & Grade Grey College
Tertiary Inst Name/ Year UOVS (Kovsies) 2008
Tertiary degree Financial Management 
Sponsors ASICS; Tissot; Herbalife 24
Twitter and Instagram names, facebook name Twitter – @snymanphilip

Instagram – @philipsnyman

Facebook – PhilipSnyman

Community projects involved in Cornal Hendricks Foundation 
Wife Wife – Estee Snyman

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INTERVIEW:

Before Rio:

Q: Firstly – congrats on all your recent brilliant rugby performances. And that you are part of the squad preparing for the Rio Olympics. What is on your heart and mind right now concerning this upcoming big event in Rio?

First of all, it is a massive honour and privilege to be part of the final squad traveling to Rio.

Our focus at this point in time is to be better every time we leave the training pitch and to “fine tune” all aspects of our game.

After Rio:

Your feedback of Rio Olympics?

The road to Rio we knew was going to be tough. We came through the season quite nicely ending second after Fiji, then it was time for Rio. The final squad was 19 guys competing for the 12 spots. I was very fortunate to be named as one of the 12. We then arrived in Rio, the village and facilities was fantastic, and amazing and the opening ceremony was was what every sports guy can dream of. The preps was good, being part of Team SA was very special. What made it truly amazing was sitting at a table in the dining hall and then Usain Bolt walks in with such a presence and then you realise what the hype around the Olympics really is all about.

At the tournament we all went hard and ended up at podium position with a Bronze. This was a massive honour and a privilege – something that I will cherish for a lifetime and the pinnacle of my career!

You know that the ball can bounce in any guy’s favour – that is part of the game.

Q: You became the ninth South African to reach the special milestone of 35 World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments at the Hong Kong Sevens. Your thoughts on this?

It was a wonderful achievement to join the 35 “club”, but what makes it even more special is to share it with all my teammates and family who are always there for me.

Q: How did you get started in Rugby?

Some of my earliest memories are with a rugby ball in hand!

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Q: Who are you? Describe yourself as a person?

I am a husband, family man and team player who hates to disappoint people. I just want the best for the people close to me.

I think I am also quite laid back.

Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in Rugby and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

Being part of the Blitzboks, growing as a team and reaching our goals.

Personal- winning the World Sevens Series in 2008/2009.

Q:  Why do you have so much respect for your coach?

Neil is honest, hard working, leads by example and he is a role model for the whole team.

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Q: What do you do to relax?

Spend some time with friends and family- braai, go for a coffee etc.

Q: I believe you are a great coffee advocate and snob :-)? Do you want to share on this a little?

I’m not sure about that, but I enjoy a good cup of coffee and have a couple of manual brewing gadgets at home. I think I am a coffee enthusiast…okay, maybe a fanatic!

Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote? 

Always put an extra plate at the dinner table, so when destiny knocks on the door you can invite it in.

Q: Do you want to share a little on your faith journey for far in sport and life?

I believe one can achieve anything if you put your trust in the Lord, believe in yourself and work really hard.

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Q: What is your leadership style, having had this leadership position in the team recently.

I am a firm believer of leading by example.

Q: What’s your WHY?  

I want to live my life to the fullest of my potential, let God’s light shine through me and leave this world a better place than I found it.

Q: Anything else you would like to share?

A big thanks to the whole of South Africa who supports us through thick and thin – we wish to make you proud in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio.

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Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

 

NB – All images were supplied by the athlete to Heslop Sports. If there are any images that are not credited correctly, please email info@heslopsports.co.za with the details and we will gladly do so immediately.

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Olympic Champions – Akani Simbine

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Akani Simbane, 100m athletics speedster and young star just recently made history at the Rio Olympics when he ran an absolutely phenomenal race alongside athletic legend and giant Usain Bolt. At this his debut Olympics, Akani finished brilliant and strong at a 5th position with 9.94 in a very exciting and momentous race. A race that has not seen a South African in 84 years since Danie Jourbert in 1932!

This young man is on everybody’s tongue, with our nation’s hopes fully upon him for more stellar performances in the future. Exciting times indeed to be part our nation’s sporting history. Akani is quiet, confident, and depends much on his mental strength and faith for his victories. When I asked him at what point a hero becomes a competitor (Usain Bold) he said “I was initially star struck but now I just see him as a fellow athlete. He is humble and a great guy, we speak often.”

About himself he says “I am cool, calm and collected. I would describe myself as an introvert but am open to venturing out of my comfort zone to experience more thrill seeking adventures, like bungee jumping or skydiving”.

All photo Credits below go to Panasonic South Africa

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Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Akani Simbine
Nick Name AK
Date of birth 21 September 1993
Place of birth Johannesburg
Current City Johannesburg & Pretoria
Height 1.76 m
Weight 74 kg
Shoe Size 8
Club Tuks/HPC
Coach’s Name Werner Prinsloo
Out of Country events/ meets (most recent) Istvan Gyula Memorial Meeting in Budapest
Favorite Song/ type of music Hip-Hop
Favorite Movie The Italian Job
Tertiary Inst Name University of Pretoria
Tertiary degree Information Science
Sponsors Adidas; PVM; Panasonic South Africa;
Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter: @Akani_Simbine

Instagram: Akani_Simbine

Facebook: @AkaniSimbineOfficial

INTERVIEW:

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Q: BEFORE RIO OLYMICS:

You have realized a life long dream to qualify for the Rio Olympics early in your lifetime. Congrats and well done. What is on your heart and mind right now concerning this qualification?

Thank you, the only thing on my heart is being focused and training exceptional well. I just want to eat good and be in a good mental place as well. Once I have established and perfected these everything else will fall into place.

Q: AFTER RIO OLYMICS:

You did brilliant at Rio Olympics – your thoughts?

Rio was amazing. Being able to live out my goals and dreams was such a huge blessing. I got to be in the Olympic 100m final and that was really something special. Placing 5th in the final was so motivating for me as I start looking towards the future.

Q: What did it feel like on the night that you became a history maker by doing a Sub-10 second race in the 100m sprint?

I was shocked initially and so I had trained hard but it exceeded my goals for the race and I was very happy about that.

Q: Why do you have so much respect for your coach?

My coach Werner Prinsloo and I just connect in that we are very similar in a lot of ways, which means I relate to him more closely. This makes our interaction so special.  I have great respect and admiration for him as he is a huge contributing factor to me making it thus far.

Q: At one point does an athlete’s hero’s become their competitors in mind and in body, and is this transition easy?

I recall a recent experience of meeting, training and competing with Usain. It was an experience that I will definitely be on my top ten highlights for the year. It was very different to the first time I had encountered him on the track in the Commonwealth Relay (2014). I was initially star struck but now I just see him as a fellow athlete. He is humble and a great guy, we speak often.

Q: You have put one of our dorpies / townships called Tembisa on the world map ☺ – how was the reaction / reception of your hometown after all your stellar performances?

Everyone was happy and proud of me and they stay supporting me.

Q: Who are you?

I am cool, calm and collected. I would describe myself as an introvert but am open to venturing out of my comfort zone to experience more thrill seeking adventures, like bungee jumping or skydiving. When I’m not training or at varsity I’m usually stuck behind a screen; playing video games or watching series and movies.

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Q: Would you like to share a little bit more about your faith journey and how it has affected your life / sports?

I owe all my accomplishments thus far to God, He blessed me with  me doing my best and striving for greatness. I am utilizing this gift to motivate others. I would not be where I am without prayer and the Lord’s favour.

Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish. The time will pass anyway. -Earl Nightingale

Q: Are you going to get an Olympic Tattoo?

Yes

Q: Beside athletics, what else do you have a passion for?

Series, movies and sleep!

Q: What’s your WHY ?  What Legacy do you want to leave for our youth?
Also, looking into the future, what type of influence do you see yourself having on our nation’s and continent’s youth?

I would like to leave a legacy of attaining dreams that they may not even think possible.  I would like to give back especially to impoverished communities, to give youngsters an opportunity to choose sports as an alternative to alleviating poverty.

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Q: Favourite meal and who must cook it?

Anything prepared by my mother

 

Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the very best for Rio Olympics 2016! Blessings!

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Photo Journey: Sites of Rio

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This is just a photo journey of the sights around the city of Rio de Janeiro. We salute you Brazil for hosting a most honourable and brilliant Olympics. Au revoir and not goodbye! Till we meet again.

Photo Credits – Simon Heslop

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Photo Journey: A View from Rio Apartment

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Rio Olympics 2016 – A view of Rio from our Apartment

Our accommodation was in downtown Rio. It was awesome to blend in with the local vibe. We smiled and made fun of ourselves especially on the days when we wore our “Proudly Brazilian” T-shirts bought off the streets in Rio, when we were stopped for directions and Games information by other ‘foreigners’!

An Olympic City is definitely a tourist destination on its own with so much happening, the city beautifully dressed up, the locals all ready to serve entertain. A little bit of a ‘problem’ once you have attended your first Olympics is the hope to attend the next and the next….. 🙂

Rio views by Day

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Team SA it’s Rio 17 Sept 2016

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17 September 2016

MEDALS: 17

 Gold: 7

Kevin Paul – Swimming

Hilton Langenhoven – Athletics

Charl du Toit – Athletics

Ernst van Dyk – Cycling

Reinhardt Hamman – Athletics

Charl du Toit – Athletics

Dyan Buis – Athletics

Silver: 6

Ilse Hayes – Athletics

Ntando Mahlangu – Athletics

Anrune Liebenberg – Athletics

Jonathan Ntutu – Athletics

Ilse Hayes – Athletics

Hilton Langenhoven – Athletics

Bronze 4

Fanie van der Merwe – Athletics

Tyrone Pillay – Athletics

Zanele Situ – Athletics

Dyan Buis – Athletics

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Buis strikes Gold, while Langehoven brings home Silver

Dyan Buis won Team SA’s 7th Gold medal in the men’s 400m T38, with a new Paralympic record in a time of 49.46s, while Hilton Langenhoven claimed Silver in the men’s 200m with a time of 22.43 (Full report to follow)

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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 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

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Three codes chase Rio glory for Team SA on Saturday

By Mark Etheridge

Just two days of competition remain for Team South Africa’s medal chase at the Rio Paralympics.

And Saturday will see the team in action in three codes: aquatics, athletics and cycling.

They start the day with 14 medals already locked away in the war chest (six gold, four silver and four bronze) and in 22nd spot on the medals table.

Four years ago, the team brought back 29 medals from London but it must be said that a number of multiple medal winners are no longer part of the equation.

Swimming has Paralympic debutant Alani Ferreira swimming her fifth and final event, the 100m backstroke (S9) and the Pietermaritzburg teenager has lapped up the experience and you can bet your bottom dollar she’s already targeting Tokyo in four years time.

Athletics is an all-finals day with Zanele Situ, the veteran of the team at 45, in search of a second medal – this time in the F55 discus after having won bronze in the javelin.

Ilse Hayes (T13 400m), Dyan Buis (T38 400m), Hilton Langenhoven and Ndodomzi Ntutu (both T12 400m) are also all in search of their second medal of the games while Mpumi Mhlongo (a debutant in Rio) lines up for his second event, the long jump (F44) after having competed in the sprints earlier in the Games.

And in cycling Dane Wilson, more at home on the track, takes on the men’s road race in the C4- 5 class.

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SUPERSPORT Coverage

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 Saturday 17 September 2016

SWIMMING:

Heats:

Alani Ferreira – 100m Backstroke S13 (finished 7th in a time of 1:24.60 and did not qualify for the finals)

ATHLETICS:

Zanele Situ – Discus F55 (finished 10th with a PB throw of 14.96m) Ilse Hayes – 400m T13 (SILVER medal with a time of 56.49)

Ndodomzi Ntutu 200m T12 (semi finals – finished 3rd in a time of 22.87 SB, however did not qualify for the finals)

Dyan Buis – 400m T38 (GOLD with a new Paralympic record in a time of 49.46)

Mpumulelo Mhlongo Long Jump T44 (finishes in 6th place with a Personal best jump of 6.79m) Hilton Langenhoven 200m T12 (SILVER medal with a time of 22.43)

CYCLING:

2.30pm Dane Wilson – Men’s road race C4-5 (finished 21st, in a time of 2:38.50)

 

Athletes in action on Sunday 18 September 2016

(All times listed below are for South Africa)

CYCLING:

5.30pm Ernst van Dyk – Marathon T54 (final)

8.18pm Ernst van Dyk – Marathon T54 (potential medal presentation)

 

 

Source: Sascoc

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Team SA it’s Rio 16 Sept 2016

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16 September 2016

MEDALS: 14

 Gold: 6

Kevin Paul – Swimming

Hilton Langenhoven – Athletics

Charl du Toit – Athletics

Ernst van Dyk – Cycling Reinhardt Hamman – Athletics

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Silver: 4

Ilse Hayes – Athletics

Ntando Mahlangu – Athletics

Anrune Liebenberg – Athletics

Jonathan Ntutu – Athletics

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Fanie van der Merwe – Athletics

Tyrone Pillay – Athletics

Zanele Situ – Athletics

Dyan Buis – Athletics

 

It’s Du Toit at the double as he gets 400m gold in Rio!

 By Mark Etheridge

Charl du Toit became Team South Africa’s first double medallist of the Rio Paralympics on Friday.

He added to his T37 gold medal in the 100m dash at the weekend by snatching another victor in the 400m event.

That meant that the 23-year-old boosted the team’s tally to 14 medals with just Saturday and Sunday’s events to go.

 

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The Johannesburg-born, Stellenbosch-based athlete clocked 51.13 seconds for a Paralympic record as he won gold by almost two seconds from Venezuela’s Omar Monterola (52.93).  ‘I’m just so thankful for this,’ said Du Toit. ‘I woke up this morning and wasn’t feeling too good but the team doctor woke up early and helped me get rid the stuff in my chest, a wonderful medical team we have here.

‘And I am also surrounded by a wonderful training group. You know, at the beginning of the year we all got a theme to train by and mine was “Smiling Lightning”, said the man who has made a smile his trademark during these games.’

Speaking of his race he said: ‘My wonderful coach, Suzanne Ferreira, and I spoke before the race and we agreed that I’d be conservative for the first 200m and then accelerate form there and it all worked out.

’To get two gold medals at my age, never in my wildest dreams did I expect that but then again, I train with some of the best athletes in the world.

‘Me and my family have been through a few tough months but hopefully I did my country proud.’ Also on the track T47 athlete Anruné Liebenberg was unable to emulate her silver medal in the 400m as she ended fourth in the 200m final with a time of 26.57.

But Dyan Buis, who won bronze in the T38 long jump on Thursday did enough to get through to the 400m final with a 54.66 finish in the heats.

In the pool Emily Gray, possibly ended her Paralympic career with the way she started it, in the 100m backstroke (S9). She was agonisingly one spot away from making the final, ninth fastest in the heats with a time of 1:16.42.

In cycling Craig Ridgard ended 28th in the final of the C1-3 road race while Goldy Fuchs was ninth in the T1-2 classification.

And there was to be no joy for four-time Paralympian Philippa Johnson and Lord Louis in the Individual Freestyle Test. The dressage combination were eliminated.

Friday’s golden action from Du Toit sees the team sitting in 19th spot with 14 medals.

Picture of Du Toit dashing to his gold medal double courtesy of Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA

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Four more medals come Team SA’s way on bumper day in Rio

By Mark Etheridge

It was medals galore for Team South Africa on Thursday, as another four rained down in Rio on their best day of the 2016 Paralympics.

Two golds, a silver and bronze joined the nine medals already harvested by the team and taking their tally to 13 with three days of competition to come.

After Ernst van Dyk (H5 hand cycle road race) and Reinhardt Hamman (F38 javelin) had won gold in the afternoon, the evening’s track and field events saw Ndodomzi ‘Jonathan’ Ntutu sprint to silver in the T12 100-metres and Dyan Buis bounded to bronze in the T38 long jump.

Ntutu ran 11.09 seconds for a season’s best time and Buis brought bronze back to the Athletes’ Village with a best of 6.58 metres on the night.

Beating Ntutu to gold was Cuba’s Leinier Savon Pineda in a time of 10.97.

‘Actually I still feel I could have done a bit better, so maybe slightly disappointed but hey, it’s always a pleasure to get a medal for my country,’ was Ntutu’s initial reaction after the race. ‘I obviously planned to peak here but my start… it was the worst I’ve had for a while.

‘This was a much more difficult class than in 2012 so I guess getting a silver here is still a good experience. Now I’ve still got the 200m heats, semis and hopefully a final coming up. I think I’m one of the last South Africans competing at the Games, so no holiday for me.’

As for Buis, he had to face a twin-pronged podium threat from Chinese duo Jianwen Hu and Huangho Zhong who took gold and silver in 6.64 and 6.59m respectively.

That meant that, much like fellow long jumper Luvo Manyonga at last month’s Olympics, just a centimetre separated him from higher honours.

‘After the other night when I was so close in the 100m but just missed a medal, tonight I was very happy and really enjoyed the competition. Like I always do, I came out and every jump I just did it for God,’ said the Stellenbosch based athlete.

‘I actually thought the gold medal was even in reach .. but still, I’m so happy with the PB as well – and on my last jump.

‘I really went for it and gave it my all because everything was so close but it was good to have buried those 100m memories and being able to just focus on the long jump tonight.’

Despite the further two medals by Ntutu and Buis South Africa still slipped one position in the medals table after the Van Dyk/Hamman double gold had moved them from 27th to 19th. They’ll start Friday’s action in 20th spot.

In other finals involving South Africans, teenager Ntando Mahlungu ended fifth in the T42 100m final (12.57) while London Paralympian Chenelle van Zyl took fourth spot in the F34 shot put with a best heave of 8.49m on the night.

Also on the track, like Hilton Langenhoven in the T12 400m semi-final earlier in the Games there was heartache for blind runner Louzanne Coetzee as she was also disqualified.

She was running in the T11 heats with guide Khothatso Mokone at her side, she ended third but was disqualified under IPC rule 7.10 which states that the ‘guide runner must not push or pull or otherwise propel athlete’.

There’ll be heart-ache for both runner and guide right now but at just 23 years of age, there’s lots more to come for Coetzee.

Heats action saw Charl du Toit (T37) go through to the final of the 400m with a time of 55.28 while Anruné Liebenberg’s season’s best of 26.63 in the T47 200m also saw her booking a place in the final.

In the only swimming involving South Africans Hendri Herbst took fourth spot in the S11 100m freestyle final with a time of 59.71.

Apart from Van Dyk’s gold out on the road, hand-cyclist Justine Asher took 12th in a time of 1:37.36 in a tough combined H2-4 class.

Picture of Buis and Coetzee in action on Thursday, courtesy of Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA

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Plucky Paull puts disappointment behind him and targets Tokyo

By Mark Etheridge

Debut Paralympian Graham Paull should be in the pits of despair after his disqualification from the KL1 200-metre canoe heats earlier this week.

After qualifying for the semi-final in heat two, a technical issue with his boat saw him being disqualified and leaving a Paralympic dream in tatters.

But, in true Paralympic spirit, Paull picked himself up and was back at the Lagoa Stadium on Thursday watching the finals with girlfriend Nicky Morgan and dreaming of what could have been.

‘I was in complete disbelief when I heard that my boat had failed boat control, I never dreamt that something like this would happen,’ he told Road to Rio 2016.

‘I’m absolutely devastated and hugely disappointed that this is how my first Paralympic journey has ended, but all I can do now is pick myself up and look forward to the future.

‘The Paralympic experience has been an amazing one. I’ve met so many incredible athletes and people. It’s an experience that I will take with me forever. Now I plan to go home and regroup and then focus on Tokyo 2020.’

Helping to explain exactly what happened, Paull’s manager in Rio, Fouche van Tonder explained: ‘Graham was disqualified because his boat was under weight by 0.02kg rounded up to 0.05kg. I did appeal and the boat was put on the scale again. I asked if they could put the boat on the same scale as they used in boat control but the answer was no. They did check if both scales had the same calibration and it was confirmed that they did thus Graham was disqualified.

‘The only reasons that I can think of how this could have happened was that they fixed the boat after boat control informed us that the nose of the boat was skew,’ he told Road to Rio 2016.

‘I took it back to the manufacturer and got the nose straightened. The boat then went through boat control and was fine and on 12kg which is perfect.

‘I even put in an extra 10g just in case. After this the manufacturer buffed the boat to make it smooth where they had fixed it. This must have taken the 12g off the boat. Either it was due to the fixing of the nose or there was a difference between the two scales used.

‘I was told that a second appeal would not be allowed as it was already more than 20min after the race and there was not enough time between the heat and the semi final left for them to look at it. I was also told that there was nothing further to be done.’

So while one dream has been dashed, it seems Paul’s already daring to dream again… time for Tokyo!

 

SUPERSPORT Coverage

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 Friday 16 September 2016

Day 9 – 16 September

SWIMMING:

Heats:

Emily Gray – 100m Backstroke (finished 3rd in heat 1, time of 1:16.42, however failed to qualify for the finals)

ATHLETICS:

Dyan Buis 400m T38 (finished 2nd in heat 2, time of 54.66 and qualifies for the finals) Charl du Toit 400m T37 (GOLD in a time of 51.13)

Anrune Liebenberg 200m T47 (finished 4th in a time of 26.57 a seasons best)

Ndodomzi Ntutu 200m T12 (heats – finished 3rd in a time of 22.91 and qualifies for the finals) Hilton Langehoven 200m T12 (heats – finished 1st in a time of 22.27 and qualified for the finals)

CYCLING:

Craig Ridgard – Men’s road race C1-3 (despite being involved in a crash, he finished in 28th position in a time of 2:07.36)

Goldy Fuchs – Men’s road race T1-2 (finished in 9th place with a time of 57.13)

EQUESTRIAN:

Phillipa Johnson Individual Freestyle Test (Dressage-finished 6th on Lord Louis with 71.300 points and was eliminated)

 

Athletes in action on Friday 16 September 2016

(All times listed below are for South Africa)

SWIMMING:

Heats:

3.43pm Alani Ferreira – 100m Backstroke S13

00.05am Alani Ferreira – 100m Backstroke S13 (potential finals)

01.24 Alani Ferreira – 100m Backstroke S13 (potential medal presentation)

ATHLETICS:

3.10pm Zanele Situ – Discus F55 (final) 3.44pm Ilse Hayes – 400m T13 (final)

4.40pm Ilse Hayes – 400m T13 (potential medal ceremony) 10.59pm Dyan Buis – 400m T38 (final)

11.06pm Zanele Situ – Discus F55 (potential medal ceremony) 11.30pm Mpumulelo Mhlongo Long Jump T44 (final)

11.47pm Dyan Buis – 400m T38 (potential medal ceremony)

11.55pm Hilton Langenhoven/Ndodomzi 200m T12 (potential final)

00.42am Hilton Langenhoven/Ndodomzi 200m T12 (potential medal ceremony)

01.51 Mpumulelo Mhlongo Long Jump T44 (potential medal ceremony)

CYCLING:

2.30pm Dane Wilson – Men’s road race C4-5 (final)

9.00pm Dane Wilson – Men’s road race C4-5 (potential medal presentation)

 

 

Source: Sascoc

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Team SA It’s Rio 14 Sept 2016

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MEDALS: 9

Gold: 3

Kevin Paul – Swimming

Hilton Langenhoven – Athletics

Charl du Toit – Athletics

Silver: 3

Ilse Hayes – Athletics

Ntando Mahlangu – Athletics

Anrune Liebenberg – Athletics

Bronze 3

Fanie van der Merwe – Athletics

Tyrone Pillay – Athletics

Zanele Situ – Athletics

Anrune claims silver

Anrune Liebenberg won silver in the Women’s 400m T47 final with a time of 58.88. Full report to follow.

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Sithole just misses bronze and cyclists Van Dyk, Asher grab fifth

By Mark Etheridge

Tennis ace Lucas Sithole was just one game away from earning Team South Africa a bronze and their ninth Paralympic Games medal in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday!

Playing arch-rival David Wagner in the third/fourth place tie, Sithole was out of the blocks quickly, winning the first set 6-1 in just 26 minutes but the roles were reversed as Wagner won the second 6-2 in six minutes more action than the first stanza.

The third set saw Sithole 5-1 up and seemingly with that medal in his pocket but, Wagner who has dominated their previous meetings to the tune of 23-8, dug deep to clinch the final 50min set 7-5.

On to road cycling’s first action of the Games and the first time trial of the day saw Craig

Ridgard in C2 action and he ended 11th of 15 finishers. His time of 30min 19.03sec put him 2:36 behind gold medal winner Tristen Chernove of Canada.

Roxy Burns was scheduled to be next off in the C1-3 final (her fourth and final race) but was forced to withdraw on the race-day morning.

‘Hardest call ever. I’ve decided to withdraw. I had no appetite this morning and I can’t race on an empty stomach,’ said Burns.

Then it was on to the H5 men’s event where Ernst van Dyk was out to go close to his previous best Paralympic TT finish of fourth in Beijing back in 2008. He went close with a fifth spot in 29:26.31 as Alessandro Zanardi repeated his London win of four years ago winning in 28:36.81. On this occasion, on a pancake flat course and with the 41deg Celsius temperatures probably hot enough to back pancakes all day, Van Dyk just didn’t have it after 20 kilometres of all-out racing in an event which is not his favourite. That will come in Sunday’s road race, also on a flat course.

‘It was always going to be tough coming back into the wind pushing yourself to the limits… and it looks like I’m going to be stuck at fifth for the Paralympics time trial for now after London in 2012. Tomorrow’s road race will be more my thing but it’ll be be tough with all the corners and then there’s Sunday’s marathon.

‘I averaged out at just over 40kph.. I thought the winning time would be just over 42.

‘I must I say was very surprised with Stuart Tripp’s silver – a very impressive race behind all the technology that Alex has got on his bike.’

In the women’s H1-2-3 time trial Cape Town’s Justine Asher was up against it. After doing so well on the World Cup circuit she had to contend with the fact that a number of classes were combined and a complicated system used to determine the winner.

She ended up fifth with a time of 34:34.12.

‘I missed fourth by point one second. It was a tough race very windy and quite technical for me with the cornering. The class above me that I’m factored against are really strong. Feel disappointed I didn’t medal, but still really blessed to have experienced being part of the Paralympics… a dream come true.’

Picture of Van Dyk giving it his all courtesy of Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA

Situ flies the flag for Team SA again as she brings home javelin bronze

By Mark Etheridge

And then there were eight! Paralympic veteran and team flag bearer Zanele Situ threw an eighth Team South Africa medal into the kitty at the Rio Paralympics on Tuesday evening.

Situ, 45, who is now experiencing her fifth Paralympics, having already medalled in Sydney (2000) and Athens four years later, took bronze in the F54 javelin final. The bronze came with her third throw of the night.

And making the moment even sweeter for Stellenbosch’s Situ was the fact that it was a personal best of 17.90m.

Kudos to coach Karin le Roux (pictured with Situ above) who had said in the run-in to these Games that Situ was showing close to her best form while tuning up at a few European meetings.

It was an African 1-2-3 in her event as Nigeria’s Flora Ugwuna took gold in a world record 20.25m, while Tunisia’s Hania Aidi also had a personal best with an 18.88m effort.

‘Wow, I didn’t really expect this,’ said a slightly shell-shocked Situ, who originally came from KwaZulu-Natal. ‘In this even you never know exactly where you stand with the different classes etc. Also there were quite a few new girls throwing.

‘I know the regulars but every Games you get new girls and you don’t know what they are capable of. When the Nigerial girl threw over 20m, I thought that was me out of contention but I just did my best to get a good throw early on otherwise if you leave it too late then the pressure gets to you and you make mistakes!’

Meanwhile in more feedback from Rio, F37 long jumper Andrea Dalle Ave spoke of his fifth place finish on Tuesday, the same result he brought back from London four years ago. ‘After having a bit of time to reflect on that competition, I’ve realised that I must be proud of myself. Although I’m disappointed in the distance jumped on the day, fifth in the world is still a fantastic achievement.

‘The competition itself was brutal, 40 degree temperature at noon, swirling wind and two world records being broken on the day.

‘So it was the most intense competition I’ve ever been in.’

Now it’s back to the books at University of Johannesburg for Dalle Ave for a two week break before he starts thinking of next year’s World Championships in London. Oh, and he’s also in the mix for the Gauteng Sports Awards Personality of the Year award where he’s up against Olympians Janine van Wyk (soccer) and Keagan Dolly (soccer) and cricket’s Kagiso Rabada. Away from the track and in dressage arena, four-time Paralympian Philippa Johnson-Dwyer ended seventh in the Individual Championship Test – Grade III Final, her and Lord Louis combining for a total of 69.390%.

Moving on to Wednesday’s action and there are five codes involving SA competitors, archery, athletics, canoeing, cycling and tennis.

In archery, Shaun Anderson came through qualifying unscathed and is now at the sharp end of the competition in the men’s individual compound (1/16 stage).

Back to track and field action and London Paralympic bronze medallist Ndodomzi Ntutu (better known as Jonathan) is in T12 heat action and 200m silver medallist Ntando Mahlangu goes off in the T42 100m heats. Two finals feature SA action, London Paralympics medallist Anruné Liebenberg in the T47 400m final and shot putter Zandile Nhlapo in the F34 class.

The sole canoeist in action is Graham Paull in the KL1 200m heats but more on him in a later story.

And then road cycling swings into action with no less than six South Africans in action, including the team’s two track specialists Roxy Burns and Dane Wilson.

The team’s cycling manager, Ricky Kulsen was at the course inspection and said: The course is very technical with a tight corner just 150m from the finish. In the road race the first three riders through the corner will contest the medals in my opinion, with a fourth rider maybe having an outside chance for bronze.

‘I think Ernst van Dyk and Justine Asher are our mai medal hopes for the time trial and road race.

‘The TT and road course for handcycles are pan flat. No hills at all but the wind might be a factor. The course is a bit technical. That tight corner at the finish might change after the technical meeting as quite a few teams were complaining.’

With seven Paralympics now under his belt, Van Dyk has seen it all and reckons the wind will play a big role. ‘The course itself is very simple with a few technical turns. The biggest factor will be the prevailing wind coming off the ocean and as we’ve experienced over the last 19 days it can be anything from a pleasant ocean breeze to something rather unpleasant.

‘I’m feeling as good as can be. I’ve never medalled at Paralympic level in the TT, having placed fourth in Beijing and fifth in London. It’s a difficult event to gauge how hard you are going and reaching deep within yourself and turning yourself inside out to push to the limit.

‘It’s just you and the clock. We don’t often TT over 20km so it adds a measure of endurance which we have worked hard at. I predict that to be in the medals on this course one would need to average over 43kph if there isn’t a lot of wind. It’s a lot to ask for but we’ve worked on it and I feel I might just have it in me.

‘After Wednesday we’ll line up for the road race on Sunday where I’m a lot more comfortable and I’d say that would be my main event for these Games.’

Fifth and final code in action brings another medal chance to Team SA as Lucas Sithole takes on American David Wagner in the quad singles bronze medal match. He goes into the match with an 8-23 record against Wagner, a four-time Paralympics champion and will hope to reverse that record to some extent!

Going into Wednesday’s action Team SA had slipped down the medals table, from 19th to 23rd.

Paralympian Paull set to dig deep and race to his full potential

By Mark Etheridge

Teams South Africa’s only canoeist in Rio Graham Paull makes his Paralympic Games debut on Wednesday following two ICF Para-Canoeing World Championships appearances and an A Final in the men’s KL1 200m event at the 2015 World Champs means he has set his sights on a strong performance.

Paull ended fifth in the A Final at the World Championships in 2015 finishing under a second outside of the top three however despite ending so close to a medal he is not putting any podium pressure on himself heading into Wednesday’s heats.

‘I am not setting myself too higher expectations and I am just looking to race to my full potential throughout the Games,’ said Paull.

‘Paddling a personal best on the biggest stage possible is definitely my main goal and if that gets me into the top five then I’ll be incredibly happy with my effort but I’m just really excited to get out there and race!’

The sprint course in Rio came under scrutiny during the Olympic Games last month due to issues involving side winds and weed that interfered with paddler’s rudders and paddles however Paull is not letting those sentiments get the better of him as he looks forward to competition.

‘I am feeling strong and I am ready to race on the course although it is different to anything that I have competed on before. Being from the Highveld I’ve never raced in salt water which is different but the set-up for the course seems quite similar to my training base at Roodeplaat Dam so there are some similarities for me to fall back on.

‘There seems to be a constant cross wind on the course and I have trained for this so I hope that the wind does blow on competition day because I have planned a lot of training with that in mind. Other than that the course is great and I am really looking forward to getting out there and doing my thing!’ a focused Paull mentioned.

Staying out of harm’s way before an event is a priority for athletes as they want to be on top of their game going into their discipline and with his first step towards Paralympic glory coming up Paull feels he is in the right frame of mind mentally as well as physically ready for the challenge ahead. ‘I’ve been working incredibly hard back home and getting myself into the best possible shape has been important and I am feel strong and I am ready to go!

‘Now I am just excited to see how all the hard work pays off over the next few days!’ he said excitedly.

SUPERSPORT Coverage

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 Wednesday 14 September 2016

SWIMMING:

No swimming today.

ATHLETICS:

Ndodomzi Ntutu 100m T12 (finished 1st in his heat, 11.10 and progresses to the semi finals) Ntando Mahlangu 100m T42 (finished 3rd in heat 3, time of 12.70 and progresses to semi finals) Zandile Nhlapo Shot Put F34 (finished 8th, with a best throw of 5.63m)

11.26pm Anrune Liebenberg 400m T47 (SILVER in a time of 58.88)

TENNIS:

Lucas Sithole – Quad mixed singles Bronze medal match WT20-21 (beaten by American David Wagner 1-6, 6-2, 5-7 and finished 4th)

CANOEING:

Graham Paull – Men’s Kayak single KL1 200m (Graham was disqualified and as such did not progress to the semi finals. The disqualification was related to a weight issue with his boat as his boat was under weight by 0.02kg rounded up to 0.05kg)

CYCLING:

Craig Ridgard – Road Time trial C2 (finished 11th, time of 30:19.03) Roxy Burns – Road Time trial C1-3 (withdrew due to illness)

1.00pm Ernst van Dyk – Road time trial H5 (finished 5th, time 29:26.31) 1.00pm Justine Asher – Road time trial H2-3 (finished 5th, time 34:34.12) Road time trial C5 (finished 14th, time of 44:17.59)

Goldy Fuchs – Road time trial T1-2 (finished 9th, time of 26:42.02))

ARCHERY:

Shaun Anderson – Men’s individual compound – open 1/16 (lost to Nathan Macqueen of GBR 129-144)

Athletes in action on Thursday 15 September 2016

(All times listed below are for South Africa) Day 8 – 15 September

SWIMMING:

Heats:

3.52pm Henri Herbst – 100m Freestyle S11 00.12am Henri Herbst – 100m Freestyle S11 (finals)

01.36am Henri Herbst – potential medal presentation 100m Freestyle S11

ATHLETICS:

3.45pm Reinhardt Hamman Javelin F38 (final) 3.45pm Zandile Nhlapo Shot Put F34 (final)

Heats:

4.45pm Charl du Toit 400m T37 (heats)

5.36pm Reinhardt Hamman – potential medal ceremony – Javelin F38 5.43pm Louzanne Coetzee 1500m T11 (heats)

10.58pm Chenelle van Zyl Shot Put F35 (final) 11.10pm Ndodomzi Ntutu – 100m T12 (final) 11.15pm Dyan Buis – Long Jump T38 (final) 11.17pm Ntando Mahlangu – 100m T42 (final) 11.33pm Anrune Liebenberg – 200m T47 (heats)

00.08am Ndodomzi Ntutu – potential medal ceremony – 100m T12 00.16am Ntando Mahlangu – potential medal ceremony – 100m T42 00.40am Chenelle van Zyl – medal ceremony Shot Put F35 01.30am Dyan Buis – potential medal ceremony – Long Jump T38

CYCLING:

2.30pm Ernst van Dyk – Men’s road race H5 (final)

4.30pm Ernst van Dyk – Men’s road race H5 (potential medal presentation) 5.20pm Justine Asher – Women’s road race H2-4 (final)

9.15pm Justine Asher – Women’s road race H2-4 (potential medal presentation)

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13 September 2016

MEDALS: 8

 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)

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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.’

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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.

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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 Coverage

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

 

SWIMMING:

Heats:

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)

ATHLETICS:

Heats:

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)

SWIMMING:

No swimming today.

ATHLETICS:

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)

TENNIS:

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

CANOEING:

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

CYCLING:

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

ARCHERY:

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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Team SA It’s Rio 12 Sep 2016

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12 September 2016

MEDALS: 7

 Gold: 3

Kevin Paul – Swimming

Hilton Langenhoven – Athletics

Charl du Toit – Athletics

Silver: 2

Ilse Hayes – Athletics

Ntando Mahlangu – Athletics

Bronze 2

Fanie van der Merwe – Athletics

Tyrone Pillay – Athletics

 

Pillay picks up Team SA’s seventh medal at Rio

By Mark Etheridge

Big shot-putter Tyrone Pillay pushed Team South Africa’s medal tally to seven at the Rio Paralympics on Monday.

After a bumper day on Sunday with four medals (one gold, two silvers and a bronze) Pillay kept up the medal-winning momentum in the F42 category as he heaved the sphere a career-best 13.91 metres.

That comfortably eclipsed his previous best of 13.49m and was a new national and continental best.

Winner, and in a class of his own was Great Britain’s Aled Davis with a 15.97m on the day. It took a Paralympic record from Davies and a season’s best from Iran’s Salad Mohammedian (14.31) to keep Durban’s Pillay down on the lowest level of the podium.

Pillay, having turned 36 on 1 May this year, is not the youngest member of the SA team but it showed that his birthday rather aptly falls on Worker’s Day annually!

Also fittingly, it was in Rio earlier this year that his previous best hurl had been achieved.

On paper he may have not been favoured to podium but Pillay has now painted his name into Paralympic history. ‘The guys didn’t realise I could throw this far and I came out guns blazing. Man, I respect all those guys, they’ve helped me push through this far.

‘Alex is just an awesome guy, awesome competitor…’

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Photo Credits: Martin Potgieter

There was also respect, huge respect, to the people behind the scenes, some of them no longer with us.

‘I lost my dad Teddy 14 years ago, my mom Suzy has still got cancer.. this is for them, and the whole of South Africa, especially for those who believed in me.’

And despite his ‘advanced’ age, Pillay has no thoughts of putting his shot away. ‘No, this makes me want to go on. I just love this sport too much. I want to grow this sport and get a whole heap of youngsters coming through.’

In swimming action earlier in the day it was 2012 Paralympic bronze medallist Hendri Herbst who ended second in his S11 50m freestyle heat to go through to the late-evening final.

He was joined by Achmat Hassiem who was sixth in his S10 100m butterfly heat to sneak through to the final as the slowest of eight swimmers.

Not so fortunate were Alani Ferreira and 2012 Paralympian Emily Gray.

Ferreira swam her fourth and penultimate eventsin the pool for Team SA when she went off in the S13 400-metres freestyle. She swam heat one of two and ended seventh in 5min 18.06sec. That put her 13th of 14 swimmers.

Then Gray was in action in the S9 100m freestyle and ended eighth and last in heat three with a time of 1:10.58 more than 5sec off the qualifying time for the final.

Team South Africa remained 16th on the medals table with those seven medals, despite Pillay’s performance… gold is what they seek to move higher and higher!

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It’s six of the best for Team SA in Rio

By Mark Etheridge

 South Africa woke up on Monday to anything but a blue Monday as Team South Africa celebrated six of the best medals in Rio de Janeiro.

After a super productive afternoon on the track where first Charl du Toit and Fanie van der Merwe won gold and bronze in the T37 100m final and Ilse Hayes then sealed silver in the T13 100m it was up to teenager Ntando Mahlangu to come to the party.

And come to the party he did as he raced to silver in the men’s T42 final in the evening session of athletics.

We use the term ‘men’ lightly here as let’s remember, Ntando is just 14 years old, and been fitted with prostheses for less than four years!

ntando

The Mpumalanga athlete motored to a time of 23.77 seconds, only being beaten by British Paralympic sensation Richard Whithead (23.39).

It still hadn’t quite sunk in as to what he’d done on the biggest stage of all. ‘Wow, it’s a very great feeling and I just want to thank SA for allowing me to have this opportunity. Thanks to all the people back home who helped me get here.

‘As for the final, everyone is just running his best hey, I’m happy with my result, I ran a personal best so really can’t expect much more.’

And it certainly looks like the world of para-athletics can look forward a lot more from Mahlangu. ‘Hey, I just pray every day for God to keep me in his eyes so…Tokyo 2020 here I come.

‘I never really expected a medal but I knew if did my best there was a chance.’

Sixteenth on the medals table after Du Toit’s gold, Van der Merwe’s bronze and Hayes’ silver, Team SA consolidated that spot with Mahlangu’s medal.

At the 2012 Games, Team SA ended 18th on the medals table with 29 medals, eight of them gold.

Away from the track and shooter Khone van Zeuner ended 27th in the P3 Precision division with 273-3x points and in the P3 Rapid he ended 20th with 548-11x points, failing to reach the final. There was also disappointment for dressage rider Philippa Johnson and her horse Lord Louis, the four-time Paralympian ending fifth in qualification with 69.921 and not qualifying for a medal. Swimmer Kevin Paul, SA’s first gold medallist at these Games, ended sixth in the S10 Individual Medley with a time of 2:16.25 as Ukraine’s Denys Dubrov exacted revenge for Paul beating him in last week’s SB10 breaststroke final.

On to Monday’s action and in the pool Alani Ferreira continues her Paralympics debut with her fourth event in Rio, London bronze medallist Hendri Herbst is in action, as is fellow 2012 bronze medallist Achmat Hassiem and Emily Gray is the four swimmer in what she has hinted will beher last Paralympics.

Athletics heat activity sees Liezel Gouws in her favourite event, the T37 400m, while Dyan Buis is in T38 action, the event where he won silver four years ago. One final has SA participation, big Tyrone Pillay in the F42 shot put.

Said Durban’s Pillay: ‘So it’s finally “go-time”. I can’t wait to go out there and give of my best. Send all the good vibes and energy… proudly South African.

‘I feel great, and as relaxed and prepared as I’ll ever be. Obviously on the day anything can happen and it’s not practical to put a mark on distance but training has been going great and I know what I’m capable of. It’s now time to put it on the big stage.

‘I do this for all the people back home and loving all the support we’re receiving from home.’ And then there’s tennis where Lucas Sithole teams up with Aussie Dylan Alcott in the Quad Singles mixed semi-final.

SUPERSPORT Coverage

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 Mon 12 September 2016

 SWIMMING:

Heats:

Alani Ferreira – 400m Freestyle S13 (finished 7th, time of 5:18.06 and did not qualify for finals) Henri Herbst – 50m Freestyle S11 (finished 2nd, time of 26.95 and qualified for the finals) Achmat Hassiem 100m Butterfly S10 (finished 5th, time 1:00.40 and qualified for the finals) Emily Gray 100m freestyle S9 (finished 8th, time 1:10.58 and did not qualify for finals)

Finals:

Henri Herbst – 50m Freestyle S11 (finished 6th, time of 27.11)

Achmat Hassiem 100m Butterfly S10 final (finished 8th, time of 1:00.96)

ATHLETICS:

Heats:

Leizel Gouws 400m T37 (finished 3rd, time of !:07.86 and qualified for finals) Tyrone Pillay Final shot put F42 (BRONZE with a throw of 13.91)

Dyan Buis 100m T38 (finished 2nd, time of 11.29 and qualified for the finals) TENNIS:

Lucas Sithole – Quad’s singles mixed WT13-16 (lost 0-6, 3-6 to Dylan Alcott in the semi final and will now play for a Bronze medal on Wednesday)

 

Athletes in action on Tuesday 13 September 2016

(All times listed below are for South Africa)

SWIMMING:

Heats:

3.26pm Achmat Hassiem – 100m Freestyle S10 3.33pm Shireen Shapiro – 100m Freestyle S10 4.29pm Emily Gray – 50m Freestyle S9 Potential finals:

11.11pm Achmat Hassiem – 100m Freestyle S10 11.17pm Shireen Shapiro – 100m Freestyle S10

00.33am (Wed) Achmat Hassiem – potential medal presentation – 100m Freestyle S10 00.41am (Wed) Shireen Shapiro – potential medal presentation – 100m Freestyle S10 00.55am (Wed) Emily Gray – 50m Freestyle S9

2.07am (Wed) Emily Gray – potential medal presentation – 50m Freestyle S9

ATHLETICS:

3.00pm Anrune Liebenberg (heats) 400m T47 3.14pm Leizel Gouws (final) 400m T37 3.40pm Dyan Buis (final) 100m T38

3.50pm Andrea Dalle Ave (final) Long Jump T37

4.07pm Leizel Gouws – potential medal ceremony 400m T37 4.42pm Dyan Buis – potential medal ceremony 100m T38

5.38pm Andrea Dalle Ave –potential medal ceremony Long Jump T37 10.33pm Zanele Situ – Javelin F54 final

00.33am (Wed) Ndodomzi Ntutu (heat) 100m T12

EQUESTRIAN:

7.00pm Phillipa Johnson – Individual Championship Test –Grade III Dressage Final 10.05pm potential medal ceremony.

Source: Sascoc

 

Home Olympics 2016 Rio Sports

Team SA its Rio 10 Sept 2016

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10 September 2016

MEDALS:

Gold: 2 – Kevin Paul – Swimming & Hilton Langenhoven – Athletics

 

Golden Hilton grabs SA’s second medal in Rio

By Mark Etheridge

All hail Hilton Langenhoven as he bounced back from track disappointment to grab South Africa’s second gold medal of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.

Langenhoven had been disqualified from the T12 400-metres semi-final for stepping outside of his lane but a leap of faith saw him go all the way.

He launched himself to a distance of 7.07 metres with his second attempt and even had the luxury of being able to take his final jump, safe in the knowledge that he had gold in his clutches.

Two centimetres separated silver and gold as Kamil Aliyev of Azerbaijan had a best of 7.05 on the night.

Now a veteran of four Paralympics, Langenhoven has had an up and down last two years. Even at last year’s African Games in Brazzaville, Congo, he was beaten by great mate and fellow Paralympian Jonathan Ntutu in the 200m.

But there was always a plan and he told this reporter shortly after the race as he received physiotherapy, that it was all part of a process.

That process worked to perfection and his gold now gives Team SA their second gold and second medal of the 2016 Paralympics.

‘We need to fight to get into this team,’ said Langenhoven. ‘There are only so many slots and once you are here you do your country proud, your team and your family.

‘I cried myself to sleep after the 400m disappointment but I knew I had to pull it together… it’s just so amazing to stand on top of the world again.. it was so close.

‘In 2012 there was no long jump so athletes focused on other events but now its back.

‘I knew one big jump would be able to do it but remember there’s only one medal winner. If I knew on Thursday evening that the Lord would give me a medal in the long jump I would have been happy.

‘The 400m was my main event and I had put everything into it but I’m just so proud now to do this for everyone! ‘

Said coach Raymond Julius: ‘Hilton was emotionally down after his 400m disqualification and it took quite a lot to pick him up again. When I saw him this morning he was very positive and managed to bounce back to win gold in the long jump.

‘We are very satisfied at this stage and are looking forward to the 200m. Like I said…

sometimes good things fall apart so that better things fall together.’

Earlier, sprinters Charl du Toit (with a new world record) and Fanie van der Merwe blasted through to the final of the T37 100-metre track final.

Du Toit, the current world record holder in this event, won his heat, the second of two, in 11.42 to beat the time he set in Switzerland earlier this year by just 0.01sec while Van der Merwe was second in 11.52 but also doing enough to go through.

‘I’m completely surprised, just so unexpected with this,’ said Du Toit who dedicated the win and his record to his uncle Johan who passed away less than a week before he left for Rio after a shooting incident in a home robbery in Pretoria.

‘I just wanted to get through the heats… thank you so much to my coach Suzanne Ferreira and team-mates and all the medical staff in getting me here.

‘It’s been a tough start to the year but three weeks ago the joy started coming back in training.’

Du Toit, whose brain was starved of oxygen when his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck at birth, has to stay as relaxed as possible during races. ‘Otherwise my right arm tenses up and my right leg’s stride shortens.

‘The people in the crowd were amazing!!! And I really loved every second of the race!!! So yes it is time to take it easy for the rest of the day… because tomorrow is the one that really counts and oh yes, Oom Johan would have been proud hey…’

For a middle distance athlete making the transition to sprint events, Du Toit seems to be hitting all the right spots.

In the pool, neither South African swimmer made it through to the next stages.

In the first first heat of the SM13 200-metre Individual Medley, Alani Ferreira ended fifth and last in 2min 50.43sec. That saw the KwaZulu-Natal teenager ranked at 16 of 17 swimmers over the three heats. Still, two African records in two races isn’t half bad.

‘Today went a lot better,’ said Ferreira. ‘My nerves were more calm and I enjoyed the race a lot more and it reminded me why I love the sport. I did swim my second African record now so at least I have two of those so far (100 fly and 200IM) but now I’m ready for my main race on Sunday (100 breast) and I really want to push myself to see what I am capable of.’

Then, London Paralympics bronze medallist Shireen Sapiro also failed to go through as she ended fifth of seven swimmers in her heat of the S10 backstroke. That meant she was just one spot outside the qualifying mark as eight swimmers went through to the final. She was 0.72sec outside the slowest qualifying mark.

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Fourie flies to fourth in Rio, going close to medal No2 for SA

By Mark Etheridge

They may have failed to add to their gold medal of day one but my, did Team South Africa go close on day two of the Paralympics in Rio on Friday night.

After Kevin Paul had picked up the team’s first medal in the pool on Thursday it was left to Arnu Fourie to come closest to making it medal No2.

Running the T37 100-metre final in the wee hours of the morning (SA time), the Stellenbosch accountant (pictured above with Team SA athletics coach Suzanne Ferreira) clocked 11.11 seconds for fourth spot.

And it was just 0.08sec that stood between him and the podium, and a bronze medal for South Africa, as Germany’s Felix Strang took third in 11.03.

That was the final athletics meeting of the evening. In other early morning finals action involving South Africa it was swimmer Emily Gray representing the rainbow nation.

She’s still seeking her first Paralympic medal and ended seventh in the S9 freestyle final with a time of 4:59.18sec.

On to Saturday action and in the pool Alani Ferreira returns to the pool hopefully having shaken off the nerves of her Paralympic debut on Thursday.

It’s also time for archery’s Shaun Anderson to make his Paralympic debut in the rankings round.

 

SUPERSPORT Coverage

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 Sat 10 September 2016

SWIMMING:

Heats:

Alani Ferreira – 200m IM SM13 (finished 5th in 2:50.43 did not qualify for the finals)

Shireen Shapiro – 100m Backstroke S10 (finished 5th in 1:13.13 and did not qualify for finals)

ATHLETICS:

Final:

Hilton Langenhoven – Long Jump T12 (GOLD Medal winning with a jump of 7.07m))

Heats:

Fanie van der Merwe/Charl du Toit – 100m T37 (Both qualified for the finals, Fanie 2nd in his heat 11.52, Charl 1st in his heat 11.42 and a new World Record)

Ilse Hayes – 100m T13 (1st in her heat, time of and qualified for the finals)

Ntando Mahlangu – 200m T42 (finished 1st in his heat, time of 24.15 and qualifies for finals)

CYCLING:

Final:

Roxy Burns – Individual 5000 C1-3 (finished 10th in a time of 45.071 500m) and did not qualify for the finals)

Dane Wilson – Qualifying Individual pursuit C5 (finished 10th in a time of 5:12.885 – 4000m and did not qualify for finals)

TENNIS:

Kgothatso Montjane – Women’s singles WT05-08 (beat Miho Nijo of Japan in straight sets 6-2, 6-1)

Lucas Sithole – Quad’s singles quarter finals WT05-08 (beat Tmanitu Silva of Brazil in straight sets 7-5, 6-3)

ROWING:

Repechage:

Sandra Khumalo AS Women’s tx (mixed) (finished 4th in a time of 5:59.62 and competes in the B-Final. No medal event)

Willie Morgan, Shannon Murray, Lucy Perold, Dylan Trollope, Dieter Rosslee LTA mixed 4+ (finished 2nd in the Repechage and through to A-final in medal contention)

ARCHERY:

Shaun Anderson – Ranking round (completed the ranking round at no 28 and competes in eliminations on 14 September again)

 

Athletes in action on Sunday 11 September 2016

(All times listed below are for South Africa)

SWIMMING:

Heats:

3.16pm Alani Ferreira – 100m Breaststroke SB13

3.43pm Kevin Paul – 200m IM SM10

Potential finals:

11.06pm Alani Ferreira – 100m Breaststroke SB13

00.03am (Mon) Kevin Paul – 200m IM SM10

Potential medal presentation:

00.27am (Sun) Alani Ferreira – 100m Breaststroke SB13

02.21am (Sun) Kevin Paul – 200m IM SM10

ATHLETICS:

Final:

3.52pm – Fanie van der Merwe/Charl du Toit 100m T37

4.00pm – Ilse Hayes 100m T13

4.51pm – potential medal ceremony (Fanie van der Merwe/Charl du Toit 100m T37)

5.07pm – potential medal ceremony (Ilse Hayes 100m T13)

00.08am (Sun) – Ntando Mahlangu 200m T42

00.56am (Sun) – potential medal ceremony (Ntando Mahlangu 200m T42)

Heats:

01.03am (Sun) Arnu Fourie 200m T43/T44

TENNIS:

4.00pm Eliphas Maripa – Men’s singles WT09-08

7.00pm Kgothatso Montjane – Women’s singles WT09-12

10.30pm Eliphas Maripa/Leon Els – Men’s doubles WT09-12

ROWING:

Final B:

1.30pm Sandra Khumalo AS Women’s tx

Final A

3.50pm Willie Morgan, Shannon Murray, Lucy Perold, Dylan Trollope, Dieter Rosslee LTA mixed 4+

4.20pm potential medal ceremony – Willie Morgan, Shannon Murray, Lucy Perold, Dylan

Trollope, Dieter Rosslee LTA mixed 4+

SHOOTING:

2.15pm Khone von Zeuner P3 Precision

4.00pm Khone von Zeuner P3 Rapid

5.00pm Khone von Zeuner P3 Final

7.15pm Khone von Zeuner P3 potential medal presentation.

POWERLIFTING:

Final:

3.00pm Chantel Stierman Bench Press PO09

EQUESTRIAN:

4.03pm Philippa Johnson – Dressage Qualification

 

Source Sascoc

 

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