Johannesburg - Five-time Paralympic
medallist Ilse Hayes and visiting German athlete Irmgard Bensusan led the
charge on Tuesday evening, as records tumbled on the opening day of the track
and field competition at the Nedbank National Championships for Physically
Disabled in Johannesburg.
Hayes, who has earned
medals at the last three editions of the Paralympic Games, broke the African
record in the women's T13 200m sprint.
She crossed the line
in 24.79 to finish more than two seconds ahead of Western Province team-mate
set a new world record of 26.64 seconds to secure victory in the women's T44
Rising star Liezel
Gouws of the North West province also set a new global mark in her age
category, clocking 2:42.39 to win the youth girls' T37 800m event, while Free
State athlete Dineo Mokhosoa set a new African standard in the T36 women's long
jump final, with a best leap of 2.51m.
Ntando Mahlangu also
produced a standout age group performance with an African sub-youth record of
13.20 seconds in the T42 100m sprint.
Six other athletes
set SA records in the open division of their events - Jan van Staden (men F46
javelin throw, 43.57m), Adeo Breet (men F33 shot put, 6.30m), Carley Lomax
(women T12 200m, 29.21), Eugene Klaasen (men T53 200m event, 31.86), Zandile
Nhlapo (women F34 javelin throw, 13.84m) and Reinhardt Hamman (men F38 discus,
On a groundbreaking
day, a further eight athletes broke national age group marks in junior, youth
and sub-youth disciplines.
Elsewhere on Tuesday,
junior cyclists continued their fine form at the annual championships, with a
total of nine riders pocketing their third gold medals of the event.
Gauteng swept to the
top of the seven-a-side football table, remaining unbeaten after three matches.
The hosts, who had
romped to a 7-1 win over North West the previous day, added impressive
victories over Eastern Cape (6-2) and KwaZulu-Natal (6-1).
North West triumphed
with a 6-1 scoreline against Western Province to settle in second place on the