Gugs athlete sprints to gold victory

2015-04-30 06:00

Jonathan Ntutu on his way to winning the 200m T13 in the Brazil Grand Prix. 

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Jonathan Ntutu on his way to winning the 200m T13 in the Brazil Grand Prix. PHOTO: gallo images

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Gugulethu’s visually impaired runner Jonathan Ntutu made history last Saturday by grabbing two gold medals in Brazil.

The IPC Athletics Grand Prix in São Paulo, featured 340 athletes from 20 countries.

Ntutu won the 100 meter T12 in 11:21 seconds and finished with another blistering pace of 22:32 seconds to claim the 200 metre race.

Ntutu broke a record he set in 200m T12 heats at the London Paralympic Games, storming home in 22.40 seconds.

“I cut my record by 8 seconds and I am over the moon,” he said.

An excited Ntutu said he intended to savour the moment while he prepares for world champs in Doha in October.

“When I won the South African championships in Joburg recently I knew I wanted to do better in Brazil,” he said.

After his elaborate gestures on the podium when he won the bronze medal in the men’s 100m T12, the charismatic Ntutu said very excited to win another medal.

Ntutu said he hoped his exploits would encourage other disabled children in Visionland to follow in his footseps.

“Having a disability does not mean you can’t realise your dreams and use you God-given talents,” he said.

Facing tough competition from team mate Hilton Langehoven, Ntutu’s pace carried him over the crossing line quicker than at 22;32 seconds.

Meanwhile another South African sprinter Ilse Hayes became the world’s fastest female para-athlete on Thursday ) running the 100m T13 in 11.89 seconds.

Running with a tailwind of 1.6m/s in the morning’s heats, the 29-year-old knocked 0.1 off the previous T13 record set in November 2011 by Cuba’s Omara Durand.

“We were working towards this event the first few months of this year, said Hayes.

Ntutu’ coach William Banks was also excited about his charges performances.

“This we prepared for over a long period of time and Jonathan keeps on improving,” he said.

Ntuthi will be aiming to retain two world titles at October’s IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

“I will go over there and represent Mzansi in style,” he said a parting shot

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