By Mark Etheridge
Our Paralympic athletes continue to fine-tune their performances ahead of the London Paralympics later this year with solid performances in Europe.
Michael Louwrens and Zanele Situ were competing in Stoke Mandeville, England at the weekend, with Situ taking part in both the javelin and shot-put events and Louwrens in the shot put.
The two athletes were competing in mixed classes, (all seated men and women were competing in the seated throwing event together).
The competition was marred by rainy conditions and luckily for Situ, the rain let up for the first time in three days shortly before her event.
Competing in the F54 category, she took full advantage of the better conditions, throwing a personal best of 16.54 metres and at the same time improving on her own national record of 16.20m.
The next day she and Louwrens competed in the shot put event. Louwrens, who won gold at last year’s All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique, had a best distance of 12.97 in the F57 category while Situ had a season’s best of 5.40m.
The pair, along with more para-athletes have now moved on to Berlin for the German championships this weekend.