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Paralympics 2016 wrap: How South Africa fared

first_imgSouth Africa finished 22nd on the Paralympics medals table, which ended in Rio on 18 September 2016. Team South Africa has made a nation proud by bringing home a total of 17 medals. We take a look at the country’s performance.Fourteen-year-old Ntando Mahlangu brings home a silver medal for the men’s 200m T42 at the Rio Paralympics 2016. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube, Sascoc)Compiled by Priya PitamberIn spectacular fashion, the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games ended on 18 September. South Africa finished the tournament on a high note, with 17 medals under their belt.“Cabinet joins the nation in commending the performance of Team South Africa, who are at the Rio 2016 Paralympics,” said Jeff Radebe, the minister in the Presidency for planning, monitoring and evaluation. “These athletes are making our nation proud and continue to build on our stellar reputation of performing well at the Paralympics.”Gold medals Kevin Paul: swimming Men’s 100m breaststroke – SB9 Hilton Langenhoven: athletics Men’s long jump – T12 Charl du Toit: athletics Men’s 100m – T37 Ernst van Dyk: cycling Men’s road race – H5 Reinhardt Hamman: athletics Men’s javelin throw – F38 Charl du Toit: athletics Men’s 400m – T37 Dyan Buis: athletics Men’s 400m – T38 Watch this interview with Paul, who won the country’s first gold this year:See Du Toit set a new world record:Silver medals Ilse Hayes: athletics Women’s 100m – T13 Ntando Mahlangu: athletics Men’s 200m – T42 Anrune Liebenberg: athletics Women’s 400m – T47 Jonathan Ntutu: athletics Men’s 100m – T12 Ilse Hayes: athletics Women’s 400m – T13 Hilton Langenhoven: athletics Men’s 200m – T12 Fourteen-year-old Mahlangu thanked South Africa for the opportunity to compete:Bronze medals Fanie van der Merwe: athletics Men’s 100m – T37 Tyrone Pillay: athletics Men’s shot put – T42 Zanele Situ: athletics Women’s javelin throw – F54 Dyan Buis: athletics Men’s long jump – T38 Pillay dedicated his win to his mum and other loved ones:last_img


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