Team SA hunting more medals in Rio

Lucas Sithole (SASPA)
Lucas Sithole (SASPA)

Cape Town - Buoyed by big Tyrone Pillay’s bronze in the shot put on Monday, Team South Africa continue their medal hunt on day six of the Rio Paralympics on Tuesday.

There are already seven in the bag and gold is what they’re chasing.

Despite Pillay’s bagging of bronze, Team SA still slipped three places down the medal table to 19th after completion of Monday’s events.

In late night action on Monday, South Africans featured in two swimming finals but there were no medals this time, and Kevin Paul’s gold on the opening day of competition on Thursday remains the old swimming medal of this campaign.

London Paralympic bronze medallists Hendri Herbst and Achmat Hassiem were in S11 and S10 action, the former in the 50m freestyle, the latter in the 100m butterfly.

Blind swimmer Herbst (diving off the blocks above) was sixth in a time of 27.11 while the man they call ‘Shark Boy’ was eighth in 1:00.96.

Track action saw Liezel Gouws and Dyan Buis both going through to their respective finals. Running the second of two heats, Gouws clocked 1:07.86 in the T38 400m, her preferred event, after she ran the 100m earlier in the Games. She goes into Tuesday’s final as sixth fastest qualifier.

Buis, who won three medals at the last Games, also featured in the second of two heats and was second in 11.29, a season’s best carrying him into the final as third fastest qualifier. Ahead of him were China’s Jianwen Hu (who ran an impressive 10.93) and defending Paralympic champion Evan O’Hanlon, who, remember, ran 10.79 to take gold in London four years ago.

Tennis saw Lucas Sithole lose 0-6 3-6 to Aussie Dylan Alcott in the semi-final and he’s in bronze medal action on Wednesday. 

Team SA  in action on Tuesday 13 September
(SA times)
3.26pm Achmat Hassiem – 100m Freestyle S10
3.33pm Shireen Shapiro – 100m Freestyle S10
4.29pm Emily Gray – 50m Freestyle S9

Potential finals:
11.11pm Hassiem – 100m Freestyle S10
11.17pm Shapiro – 100m Freestyle S10
00.55am (Wed) Gray – 50m Freestyle S9

3.00pm Anrune Liebenberg 400m T47
3.14pm Liezel Gouws 400m T37
3.40pm Dyan Buis 100m T38

7pm Individual Championship Test Grade III

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