Du Toit and Buis Take Gold In London
South Africa waited four days to strike gold, and then got two in the space of 20 minutes at the IPC Athletics World Championships in London on Tuesday. By Mark Etheridge, SASCOC
Rio Paralympic gold medallists Charl du Toit and Dyan Buis were the men to do the job, winning the T37 and T38 200-metre finals respectively.
Du Toit, who did the 200/400m golden double in Rio, was first to celebrate as he ran a season’s best 23.27.
That saw him beat Brazilian runner-up Mateus Evangelista Cardosa by a 0.14 second margin. In the same race Du Toit’s compatriot, Ruhan van Rooyen had the satisfaction of a 24.88 personal best in sixth spot.
Just twenty minutes later Stellenbosch local Dyan Buis blasted to victory in the T38 classification. He also clocked a season’s best but his victory margin was that much tighter as he beat China’s Jianwen Hu by just 0.02 seconds.
Just as in Du Toit’s race there was more SA satisfaction as Union Sekailwe ran a season’s best 23.96 down in seventh spot.
Going into Thursday, South Africa were in 31st position with six medals, two gold medals later and they’ve soared 19 spots up to 13th as China have overtaken the US for top spot with 32 medals.
Also on the track was Louzanne Coetzee in the women’s T11 800m where was third in a personal best 2 minutes 27.65 seconds as only the first two in each heat progressed.
Earlier in the week, there were silver medals all round. Anrune Liebenberg took silver in the T47 200 metre final as she clocked 25.53 seconds. Jonathan Ntutu took silver in the men’s T12 final as he clocked 11.01 seconds behind Cuba’s Pineda Savon (10.72). 15-year-old Ntando Mahlangu bagged his silver in the men’s T42 when he clocked a season’s best 23.95 behind Britain’s Richard Whitehead, who ran a championship record 23.26. Mahlangu failed to make his 100m final on Monday due to a broken blade, see below.
This article originally appeared on sascoc.com.