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Roos leads SA gold rush

South African athletes won a bagful of medals at the IWAS Open Athletics Championships that have just ended in the Netherlands.

The three athletes — Arnu Fourie, David Roos, and Jean Joubert — represented Team Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics and won four gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

Versatile Roos won the T46 100-metre sprint final with a time of 11.53 seconds and went on to take gold in the F46 long jump with his final attempt.

He also won the silver medal in the F46 triple jump final, at the same time, setting a new Africa record of 12.15m, a mere 6cm behind Spain’s David Bravo Torre.

Shot put athlete Joubert came fifth in the F44 final but walked away with bronze medals in both the F44 discus and F44 javelin finals.

Having already set a new SA record of 41.55m in the javelin event at the Dutch Open at the end of May, Joubert went on to improve that at the IWAS Open with a new personal best of 44.14m.

Fourie continued to dominate in the T44 sprint events. He took gold in the 100m with a time of 11.43sec, beating Marcus Rehm from Germany into second place with a time of 12.05. Fourie also won the T44 200m race in 23.20 seconds. Italy’s Roberto La

Barbera came in second with a time of 24.76 seconds and Germany’s Rehm was third with a time of 24, 81.

The European series now moves to Germany where the athletes will compete in another two international meets. Team Icexpress manager, Johan Snyders, will join the team for this final leg of the competition, due to start in Leverkusen on 9 June.