Treble gold medallist in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, our Hilton Langenhoven had to settle for silver in the long jump on the opening day of the 2011 IPC athletics world championships in Christchurch, New Zealand on Saturday.
Langenhoven leapt 6.84 metres in the T13 category, just three centimetres shorter than the gold medal effort of Azerbaijan’s Oleg Panyutin, who achieved that distance with his very first jump.
But it was a still a golden day for Team South Africa as they won two gold and two silver medals.
First up Teboho Mokgalagadi won the men’s T35 200m sprint final. Starting in lane eight, the 27-year-old blitzed to a 27.59sec win, comfortably accounting for Algeria’s Allel Boukhalfa (27.87).
The men’s 200m (T51) was won by Mexican world record holder Edgar Cesareo Navarro Sanchez in a time of 42.97, a championship record. Our Pieter Du Preez took silver (47.15) and Finland’s Toni Piispannen bronze (49.19).
Like Langenhoven, also a gold medallist in Beijing, Ilse Hayes sprinted to victory in the women’s 100m final (T13). She clocked 12.50sec.
There were also other South Africans in action on the opening day, some in heats and some in finals.
In the men’s javelin (F36) final Free Stater Nicholas Newman ended fourth with a throw of 37.16 metres as Poland’s Pawel Piotrowski took the honours with a┬á throw of 42.20m. Then in the men’s F12 shot put final, Francois Badenhorst heaved an effort of 11.89m, good for fourth, just outside a podium position.
Staying with the field events and David Roos was also fourth in his final, the long jump (F46) where he leapt 6.37m.
In heats action, Anrun├® Liebenberg and Juaneli Meijer both went through. Running the 200m (T46), Liebenberg clocked 26.61sec while Meijer ran 31.33 in the 200m (T38).
Followers of the IPC championships can catch up with the action on television’s SuperSport channels.
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