Cape Town - A trio of Paralympic medallists were in heat action for South Africa
on day six of the IPC Athletics World Championships in London on
According to the SASCOC website, double Rio Paralympic sprint gold
medallist and already a gold medallist over 200m in London, Charl du
Toit ran the T37 100m, while Hilton Langenhoven and Jonathan Ntutu were
in T12 action, over 200m.
They were joined by Ruhan van Rooyen in the T37 100m.
Du Toit won his heat in a time of 11.68 while Van Rooyen
was fourth in the next heat, slower, but his 12.41 time still saw him
‘Tonight’s race went really well and I felt really comfortable in the
heat and now I’m looking forward to the final,’ said Du Toit.
In the 200m heats Langenhoven was runner-up in a season’s best 22.76 behind Britain’s Zachary Shaw (22.73).
The next heat saw Ntutu running a season’s best 22.88
for second spot to advance behind Spain’s Joan Munar Martinez who won
Not being involved in any finals and not having any medal-winning
opportunities on Wednesday saw South Africa slip down the
medals table from 13th to 16th with their eight medals.
Meanwhile, Dyan Buis was still allowing the jubilation of Tuesday’s T38 gold in the 200m sink in.
‘Winning my first World Championships gold medal was truly fantastic, especially with such a strong field,’ he told the Team SA website.
‘When I came around the bend, I saw the Chinese athlete ahead of me I
just worked hard and focused on catching him. When I came over the line
and saw I’d won the gold, it was fantastic.
‘All the hard work has paid off. I started this year working
full-time as a teacher and had to go to gym before school and then,
after a hard day’s work, go off the track for training.’
But Buis’ job is not done yet and he still has the 100m and 400m events to bookend his 200m gold.
‘I’m very excited about the 100 and 400m coming up ... I’m in some of
the best shape of my life and confident in what I’m able to do. I’m
doing it with God which gives me more motivation to do my best. I’m
still excited after standing on the podium and singing the national
anthem for South Africa, a truly amazing experience.’
Buis will run the 400m heats on Saturday, a day after Friday’s 100m
heats. I’m really excited for the 100m. My block starts have been
phenomenal and I’m looking forward to applying it during the race.’
On the downside Buis said he was disappointed at the media exposure the country’s para-athletes were getting back home.
‘It seems like the media coverage back at home is disappointing.
Media plays a vital part in spreading the message. With media coverage
comes exposure to the public.
‘Exposure means firstly celebrating with my fellow South Africans and
hopefully inspiring some youngsters and challenging perceptions, but
exposure also means that sponsors might become more interested in
‘If we as Paralympic athletes truly want to reach our full potential
we need support to allow us to focus on our careers. It would be
wonderful if we could see increased media coverage back home.’