Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
15 Sep 2016
7:54 pm

Two more golds for SA Paralympic team

Wesley Botton

Team South Africa scooped two more gold medals on Thursday, courtesy of veteran road cyclist Ernst van Dyk and javelin thrower Reinhardt Hamman, in the early session on day eight of the Rio Paralympics.

FILE PICTURE: Ernst van Dyk (RSA) is shown after winning the bronze medal in the Marathon T54 during Day 10 of the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games held in Beijing, China. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

Competing at his seventh straight Games, Van Dyk was locked in a late three-man sprint off the front of a large lead group in the closing stages of the H5 road race.

He crossed the line in 1:37:49, edging out silver medallist Alex Zanardi of Italy, a former Formula One racing driver, and Dutch athlete Jetze Plat who were awarded the same time in second and third.

Hamman, meanwhile, won gold in the men’s F38 final with a best heave of 50.96m, nearly two metres clear of Colombian athlete Luis Lucumi Villegas who earned silver with a 49.19m attempt. Justine Asher, meanwhile, finished 12th in the women’s H1-2-3-4 road race, completing the event more than 21 minutes behind German winner Christiane Reppe.

Elsewhere, on the track, 100m champion Charl du Toit won his 400m T37 heat in 55.28 to book his place in Friday’s final, while compatriot Louzanne Coetzee was disqualified from the women’s 1 500m T11 heats.

In the pool, Hendri Herbst finished third in his 100m freestyle S11 heat in 1:00.59 to reach the final, which was set to be held in the early hours of Friday morning (SA time). Going into the late session on day eight, the SA team had secured a total of 11 medals (five gold, three silver and three bronze).