Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
4 Sep 2021
5:02 pm

Weyers goes out in style, Mhlongo sets new world record

Wesley Botton

"It's definitely my last Paralympic Games, so I'm quite emotional about it, and it has been special just to take everything in."

South Africa's Anrune Weyers reacts after competing in the women's 200m - T47 final in Tokyo on Saturday - her final event before bowing out of competition. Picture: Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Though a number of athletes put up a fight on Saturday, the SA team were unable to add to their medal tally on the penultimate day of the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

After winning the 400m event in her class earlier in the week, sprinter Anrune Weyers took fourth place in the women’s T47 200m final in 25.51 seconds.

Lisbeli Vera Andrade of Venezuela won gold in 24.52.

“Finishing my last event in Tokyo was truly special,” Weyers said.

“It’s definitely my last Paralympic Games, so I’m quite emotional about it, and it has been special just to take everything in.”

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Fellow sprinter Mpumelelo Mhlongo was fifth in the men’s T64 200m final in 22.86.

Earlier, in the heats, Mhlongo had clocked 22.81 to break the T44 world record.

“I’m extremely happy and I’ve been very fortunate, Mhlongo said.

“I’m proud of myself, my team and my sponsors who have backed me.

“We don’t go home with hardware but we go home with a lot more than that, which is a bit of hope and faith.”

Mpumelelo Mhlongo
Mpumelelo Mhlongo of South Africa set a new world record in the men’s 200m T64 race but in class T44 in Tokyo on Saturday. Picture: Roger Sedres/Gallo Images

In other events, 50-year-old Zanele Situ flaunted her longevity by taking fifth position in the women’s F54 javelin throw final.

A two-time former Paralympic champion, Situ’s best attempt landed at 16.22m.

In the women’s F38 discus throw final, Simone Kruger ended fifth with a 31.51m heave.

Tyrone Pillay finished eighth in the men’s F63 shot put with a best heave of 11.94m.

After 11 days of competition at the Tokyo Games, the SA team were lying 33rd in the overall table with six medals (four gold, one silver and one bronze).