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Casper grabs bronze

Team South Africa picked up another medal on the second day of the IPC athletics world championships in Christchurch, New Zealand on Sunday.

The bronze medal came in the men’s F42 javelin final. It went to Casper Schutte who hurled the spear 39.56 metres for a season’s best in the F42 category. Also in the javelin final, this time in the F44 category Jozua Joubert’s 41.80m earned him ninth spot.

On the first day of competition South Africa nabbed four medals, meaning we now have five. That puts Team SA in joint 11th spot on the medals table after two days of competition.

A fair proportion of our other athletes were involved in finals but failed to medal. In the shot put final (F36) Duan Strydom and Nicholas Newman threw 8.86 and 9.51m to finish 13th and 12th respectively.

In the F38 men’s discus final Juanre Jenkinson and Gerrit Kruger placed 11th and ninth.

In heat action, star attraction Oscar Pistorius moved smoothly through to next round in the men’s T43 200m. Running in heat one and starting from lane four, the man they call the Bladerunner clocked 22.52 to cross the line first.

This is the first international meeting where Pistorius is entered in four events, the 100, 200m and 400m as well as a relay event.

His time was almost a second ahead of David Behre of Germany and arch-rival Jerome Singleton of the United States.

The South African double leg-amputee has lost weight recently in an effort to ensure that his power to weight ratio was ideal. ÔÇ£It is definitely helping me as I felt very strong on the bend,ÔÇØ he told a large group of media who were gathered to watch his race.

Pistorius’s team-mate Arnu Fourie (T44), was second in his heat when he clocked 23.61 to also qualify. Samkelo Radebe, who lost both hands in an electrical accident before he was even a teenager, was fourth in his T45 heat, also over 200m, as he clocked 23.27.

On the track Juanelie Meijer ended seventh in a season’s best 31.18sec in the T38 200m final. Also in sprint action was Anrun├® Liebenberg who produced a season’s best 26.71 for sixth in the 200m final (T46).