SA athletes shine at Rio Paralympics

Updated: September 19, 2016

Sprinter Charl du Toit earned two gold medals at the Rio Paralympics

The national para-athletics team delivered in style by carrying the SA squad at the Paralympic Games in Rio.
Taking the baton from the able-bodied team, which contributed four of the nation’s 10 medals at last month’s Olympics, the track and field squad bagged 15 of the country’s 17 medals at the Paralympics, which came to a close on Sunday.
Four athletes earned two medals each at the Games, with Charl du Toit bagging double gold in the 100m and 400m T37 sprint events, Hilton Langenhoven earning gold in the T12 long jump and silver in the 200m dash, Dyan Buis pocketing gold in the 400m T38 final and bronze in the long jump, and Ilse Hayes scooping silver in the 100m and 400m T13 finals.
Among the other standout performers were Ernst van Dyk, who finished sixth in the T54 wheelchair marathon at his seventh straight Paralympics after securing gold in the H5 road cycling race, flag bearer Zanele Situ, who returned to the podium for the first time in 12 years with bronze in the F54 javelin throw, and 14-year-old speedster Ntando Mahlangu who grabbed silver in the 200m T42 final.
The SA team finished 22nd overall in the Rio medals table with seven gold, six silver and four bronze.

SA track and field medallists at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio:


Charl du Toit – men’s 100m T37; 400m T37

Dyan Buis – men’s 400m T38

Hilton Langenhoven – men’s long jump F12

Reinhardt Hamman – men’s javelin throw F38


Ilse Hayes – women’s 100 T13; 400m T13

Jonathan Ntutu – men’s 100m T12

Ntando Mahlangu – men’s 200m T42

Hilton Langenhoven – men’s 200m T12

Anrune Liebenberg – women’s 400m T47


Fanie van der Merwe – men’s 100m T37

Dyan Buis – men’s long jump F38

Tyrone Pillay – men’s shot put F42

Zanele Situ – women’s javelin throw F54