Zuma hails Paralympic medallists

2016-09-11 17:01
FILE: Ilse Haye celebrates with the national flag. (Karim Jafaar, AFP)

FILE: Ilse Haye celebrates with the national flag. (Karim Jafaar, AFP)

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Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the South African team of Paralympians for their "outstanding performance" in the Rio Paralympic Games in Brazil.

In a statement released by the Presidency on Sunday, Zuma hailed gold medallists Kevin Paul for his performance in the men's 100m breaststroke and Paul Langenhoven for the men's 7.07m long jump. 

"Tennis sensation Lucas Sithole also performed very well in the tennis quad singles quarterfinals by beating Brazilian Ymanitu Silva to reach the semi-finals," Zuma said.

"We congratulate our athletes for winning gold medals in Rio and raising the South African flag high.

"Our country stands fully behind them. We are especially appreciative of their capacity to rise against all odds and make the whole nation proud at every Paralympics Games," Zuma said.

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