Cape Town - Double Rio Paralympics gold medallist Charl du Toit sprinted to South
Africa’s ninth medal of the IPC Athletics World Championships in
London on Thursday.
According to the SASCOC website, already having won gold in the T37 200m final, Du Toit had to settle for second and silver on this occasion.
He clocked 11.55 seconds as Brazilian Mateus Evangelista Cardoso won
in 11.48, just 0.06 outside the world record Du Toit ran en route to
gold in Rio last year.
In the same race on Thursday evening, Du Toit’s training mate, Ruhan van Rooyen, placed sixth in 12.56.
‘On the race itself, I was very excited and keen to race. It felt
like I had a good start and the Brazilian athlete a brilliant one.
‘I had to play catch-up from there on and well done for him keeping his posture and taking it through in the end.
‘He’s a brilliant athlete and a wonderful person! I’m really happy for him, he deserves it.
‘I wanted to go faster, but it is my fastest time this season and one
of my top five times of my life. So I can’t complain. Today I’m a bit
stiff and sore after the four days of racing. But I’ll loosen up in the
heats on Saturday, let’s hope so.
‘I think what stands out for me is how we got together before and
after the race to pray and give thanks to God for our talents and the
opportunity to race.
‘It’s truly great to race with such wonderful athletes. It’s a
massive honour to win another medal for our wonderful country and
contribute to the teams’ medal tally. I can’t wait for the 400m. I
really love that race.’
Also in T37 action was Rio Paralympian Liezel Gouws, the young North
West athlete ending fifth in the women’s 400m final with a season’s best
1:09:54. The race was won in a world record 1:00.29 by Georgina
Hermitage of Britain.
Gous told the Team SA website: ‘Firstly, it’s a great honour to be
part of Team SA and be able to run against the world’s best athletes.
This year has again been a busy, but blessed year. I didn’t have any
injuries, which I’m very thankful for.
‘But I’ve been very busy as I’m in my matric year [at Hoërskool
Wesvalia], so this year I’ve shifted my focus slightly to the academic
side of things, but still working very hard to do well sportswise.
was fifth in the 200m final, which wasn’t the perfect race, but still a
good learning curve. Then in the 400m I really gave everything I could,
but in the last 150m I had absolutely no power left. I was aiming for a
faster time, but I don’t know how God had planned the race for me.
‘I’ve still got the 100m heats and hopefully the final on Saturday
and am looking forward to giving it my all and trusting in God. He’ll
run every step of the way with me.’
Meanwhile Rio Paralympic sprinters Jonathan Ntutu and Hilton
Langenhoven failed to make it through to the semi-final of the T12 200m.
In the first of three semi-finals, Ntutu was third in 23.01 behind
Algeria’s Djamil Nasser (22.74). Then it was Langenhoven, who ended
second in 22.92 behind another north African, Morocco’s Mahdi Afri
Du Toit’s dash helped South Africa move up to 17th on the medals
table with two gold, six silver and a bronze. China lead the way with
At the last IPC Athletics Championships in Doha two years ago, SA ended 13th on the medals table with 17 medals.