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Newman first in action

Nine South Africans will be in action on day one of the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand on Saturday.

First in action is NIcholas Newman in the men’s javelin final (F36 category) while Anrun├® Liebenberg is next off in the women’s 200m heats (T46). Pieter du Preez contests the final of the men’s 200m final (T51) and Juanelie Meijer is in 200m heat action (T38).

Beijing 2008 Paralympics triple gold-medallist Hilton Langenhoven gets his Christchurch campaign underway in the men’s long jump (T13), followed by Teboho Mokgalagadi in the 200m (T35) final.

Another Beijing gold medallist, Ilse Hayes (both her and Langenhoven are from Stellenbosch), is in action in the women’s 100m final (T13).

Our other two athletes in action on day one of the championships which end on 30 January are Francois Badenhorst in the men’s shot put final (F12) and David Roos in the T13 long jump final.

Team manager Dion Bishop says the team had a great time at Friday’s opening ceremony. “It was great, a wonderful experience for all, especially our new athletes. There was an awesome team spirit that just overpowered all the other teams. We sang our famous Shosholoza song and did our version of the haka that was performed by our amputees. We had other teams and the media surrounding us to film us and take pictures of the great team team spirit. Well done to the team.”