Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
1 Oct 2017
4:50 pm

Khumalo ends fifth at rowing champs

Wesley Botton

The two-time Paralympian completed the 2 000m race in 12:14.07.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 31: Sandra Khumalo of the SA Paralympic team during the 2016 Rio Paralympics Team SA Farewell at OR Tambo International Airport on August 31, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Sandra Khumalo settled for fifth place in the PR1 women’s single sculls final on Sunday, closing out South Africa’s campaign at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota.

Khumalo, a two-time Paralympian, completed the 2 000m race in 12:14.07, and though she finished more than 18 seconds outside a podium place, it was her best performance in four appearances at the global showpiece.

Kirsten McCann, who won gold in the lightweight women’s single sculls earlier in the week, was the only other member of the national team to reach an A final at the eight-day regatta. Vaughn Botes and Nicholas Oberholzer were the best of the rest, finishing sixth in the lightweight men’s double sculls B final to grab 12th spot overall in their event.

The other three crews in the SA squad – the men’s pair, men’s four and 21-year-old Kyle Schoonbee in the single sculls boat – were all relegated to C finals in their disciplines.