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Fanie’s world record

South Africa has a new world record holder after top disabled athlete Fanie van der Merwe won the 200 metres in the T37 class at the second Fazza International Athletics Competition currently underway in Dubai.

Van Der Merwe, who with Michael Louwrens forms part of the two-man team sent by the South African Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD) to attend the gathering of 27 countries and over 120 athletes, took gold in a world record time of 23.19 seconds.

This mean that he smashed his previous world record of 23.84 seconds, set at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008.

Van Der Merwe also won silver in the 100 metres T37 (T refers to track; 7 refers to cerebral palsy and 3 refers to the side of the body affected) with a time of 11.88 seconds.

Louwrens added to the impressive medal haul with a gold in the shot putt class F57 (F refers to field; 7 refers to cerebral palsy and 5 refers to the side of the body affected) , which he won with a distance of 13.56 metres.