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Top SA Paralympians happy with Swiss success

Two of our London Paralympians have both expressed their satisfaction after the weekend’s International Paralympic Committe (IPC) Grand Prix track and field event in Nottwill, Switzerland, writes Mark Etheridge.

London Paralympics medallist Fanie van der Merwe and Charl du Toit both took on some of the worlds’ leading Paralympic competitors at the three-day event.

“It was great being here in Switzerland,” Van der Merwe told Road to Rio 2016. “The competition was tough but it’s always good to race against the best.

“I’m satisfied with my two races in the T37 classification (23.87sec for the 200 and 11.65 for the 100m) and was third in both of them.

“Now I’m looking forward to the next GP races here in Europe.”

Said Du Toit, like Van der Merwe, based in Stellenbosch under the guiding wing of coach Suzanne Ferreira: “This is definitely the most beautiful country I’ve competed in!

“Performance wise I’m very happy with my races and I’m very gratful for running another personal best in the 100m and then a season’s best in the 400m. But for now it’s time to hit the study books again.”