Team South Africa’s Women Make a Mark at Para Athletics World Champs

In a stunning display of talent and determination, the women of Team South Africa made their mark at the Para Athletics World Championships held at the Charlety Stadium in Paris. 

Their outstanding performances garnered praise and earned medals, solidifying their place amongst the world’s best para-athletes.

Leading the charge was Louzanne Coetzee, a Paralympic medallist, who secured South Africa’s first medal of the championships. Competing in the women’s 1,500 metres T11 race, Coetzee blazed her way to victory in a remarkable time of 4:48.13. Her impeccable skills and unwavering spirit set the stage for a triumphant campaign for Team SA.

Juané le Roux emerged as an exceptional force to be reckoned with, setting a new Shot Put African record of 10:47m on Day 7. 

Africa definitely made its mark with Algeria’s Safia Djelal who stole the show, capturing a world record and the coveted gold medal in the women’s shot put F57 event with a remarkable throw of 11.57 metres. This outstanding achievement further highlights the exceptional talent on display at the championships.

Nigeria’s Goodness Nwachukwu etched her name in the record books, setting a new world record in the shot put F42 category. Her outstanding performance serves as a testament to the strength and determination of women in para-athletics.

The Para Athletics World Championships is known as the second most significant event in the disabled sports calendar, following the esteemed Paralympic Games. As the 10th edition of this prestigious tournament, athletes from across the globe congregated in Paris from July 8 to July 17 to showcase their skills and compete for glory.

Team South Africa’s commendable performance not only brings pride to their nation but also serves as a testament to the power and resilience of women in the world of sports. As they continue to shine bright on the global stage, they inspire generations to come, proving that barriers can be overcome and dreams can be realised.

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