National event huge success for Maties : 2017-05-04

With several national records and the very important qualifying times for the World Championships Maties Para Sport athletes returned form the recent South African national championships.

The national event took place in Port Elizabeth.

More than 10 athletes won gold medals and got qualifying times. For two of the athletes – legends Arnu Fourie and Ilse Hayes – it was their last national event.

Both won their numbers and qualified for the world championships in London from July 14 to 23. It will take place in the same stadium as the 2012 Paralympics.

Fourie won the 100m and 200m (T44) in 11:37 and 23:30 seconds respectively.

Hayes (T13) also won has her sprint numbers, but more important than the victories, was progress after an Achilles injury. “It was a race against time to get Ilse ready for the event. The 100m was her first full 100m from the blocks and as well as the 200m. We did not really know what to expect. Our biggest hope was that her Achilles survived the maximum impact. In the 100m and 200m, she impressed with her good technique. Although her times were far from her personal best, she showed we can now proceed to the next phase, “said coach Suzanne Ferreria said. Hayes’ times in the 100 and 200 were 12:40 and 26.45 respectively.

Dyan Buis (T38) and AnrunĂ© Liebenberg (T44) both won three gold medals in the sprints. “Dyan ran three good technical races. His times were also good. In the 400m, he literally had the wind from the front and it was a hard race. In all three races he was in the lead from start to finish,” said Ferreira.

About Liebenberg she added: “She ran good technical races, but she has run faster this season in 200m and 400m. It was also a privilege and very special for her to run the 100m and 200m with Ilse at Ilse’s last SA meeting. ”

The field athletes coach Karen le Roux was also very happy with her athletes’ performances. Veteran Zanele Situ (F54) qualified for the World Championships in three events. “Reinhardt Hamman (F38) came very close to his personal in the javelin just a few months after a major knee operation,” said Le Roux.

Another athlete who made his return is Jean Joubert (F44). He did not participate for two years. He broke the national record in shot put. “Kerwin Noemdo (F46) is also in very good shape and threw a personal best in the shot put and so improve his own national record.”

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