Simoné Kruger Breaks Own Discus Throw Record for World Para Champs Gold Medal in Japan

Simoné Kruger has won the Women's Discus Throw F38 for South Africa’s first gold medal at the Kobe 2024 World Para Athletics Championships in Japan, on Saturday, 25 May, 2024. Photo: Kobe2024 / Kazuyuki Ogawa

19-year-old Simoné Kruger has won the Women’s Discus Throw for South Africa’s second gold medal at the Kobe 2024 World Para Athletics Championships in Japan, on Saturday, 25 May, 2024.

The recently-crowned 2024 South African Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability Award winner broke her own 2023 world record in a new world record distance of 38.82m, to earn the gold in the women’s discus throw F38. 

Kruger’s second attempt was her best throw of the championships, an improvement of more than half a metre on her 2023 record to finish ahead of China’s F37 contestants Mi Na, 38.45 for a championship record silver medal, and Li Yingli, who posted a season’s best with her bronze-medal winning 37.69 throw. 

Kruger’s landmark win comes after Liezel Gouws claimed bronze in the Women’s 400m T37, while Louzanne Coetzee took bronze in the Women’s 1500m T11 final, for South Africa’s first medals at the world champs, last Monday. 

Next in action was Sheryl James, who qualified for the 100m T37 sprint final with a 14.16 finish, and improving for a season’s best 13.65 for a fourth-placed finish on Tuesday. 

James then set another season’s best, in the 200m T37, clocking 28.05 to finish fourth behind China’s Wen Xiaoyan in gold, the USA’s Taylor Swanson in silver, and China’s Jiang Fenfen in bronze.]

Team South Africa have earned a total of six medals as at Saturday evening, two of each of the medals with the women having earned three between them. 


Main Photo Caption: Simoné Kruger has won the Women’s Discus Throw F38 for South Africa’s first gold medal at the Kobe 2024 World Para Athletics Championships in Japan, on Saturday, 25 May, 2024. Photo: Kobe2024 / Kazuyuki Ogawa

Photo 2 Caption: Simoné Kruger caught in the explosive release moment of her wold champs gold medal winning campaign. Photo: Kobe2024 / Moto Yoshimura 

Photo 3 Caption: Kruger’s second attempt was her best throw of the champs, a half-a-metre improvement on her 2023 record to finish. Photo: Kobe2024 / Moto Yoshimura

Photo 4 Caption: Kruger improved on her own world record mark by more than half a metre to finish ahead of China’s F37 contestants Mi Na in silver and Li Yingli (bronze). Photo: Kobe2024 / Hiroaki Yoda

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