South Africa kicked off their IPC Grand Prix athletics campaign in Nottwil, Switzerland with three medals on Friday, writes Mark Etheridge.
First up was double 2012 Paralympics medallist Arnu Fourie, who had a victorious comeback after a troublesome hamstring injury in recent months.
Fourie was followed by fellow Paralympian medallist Fanie van der Merwe who took bronze.
Said team coach Suzanne Ferreira: “Fanie ran in a strongly contested race with the world record holder taking gold and the 400m world recordholder silver in this T35-37 race.”
Athletes took part in chilly conditions with the surrounding mountains blanketed in snow.
But our Anrun├® Liebenberg, double silver medallist in London two years ago, was in red hot form to win her 200m event in 26.71sec.
“This was her first race for the season,” said Ferreira, “after a back injury kept her out of nationals.”
An excited Liebenberg, pictured right, told Road to Rio 2016: “I was so excited to come to race in Switzerland. It’s been a while now.. I injured by back in November and started rehab in January.
“It’s amazing how the small things you do become so significant. I’m using biokinetics to get the weak areas in my body read and focusing on the core strong so that it not only portrays the image of being strong but IS strong.
“I was so happy to put the green and gold on again, it’s so amazing representing your country.
“My race went well and I felt good throughout my race. The time wasn’t my best but I’l get there step by step. Sunday is the 400m and I’m super excited to go and run.”