Team South Africa’s medal tally at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships reached a total of six medals as Anrune Weyers, Simone Kruger, Sheryl James and Anika Pretorius raised the women’s profile on the world stage this past week.
The medals started to flock in from Sunday, 10 November 2019, when Weyers stormed to victory in the T47 400m with a championship record of 55.79 seconds to earn South Africa’s first gold at the prestigious event.
Kruger, James and Pretorius Join Weyers on the Medal List
With the 27-year-old having set the tone, Simone Kruger went on to break a World Record in the discus challenge and earned a silver medal for her efforts. Sheryl James claimed bronze in the 400m as well as Anika Pretorius in the 100m race.
But it was Weyers who earned the most medals as she added a further two to her tally, earning a silver in the 200m race and a bronze in the 400m event.
Medals have started coming in for Team SA at the Para Athletics champs. Congratulations to Anrune Weyers who won Gold in the T47 400m tonight and Anika Pretorius got Bronze in the T13 100m. #ParaAthleticsChampionships
— TeamSouthAfrica (@TeamSA2020) November 10, 2019
Well done to Sheryl James who won Bronze in the T37 400m event. #ParaAthletics
— TeamSouthAfrica (@TeamSA2020) November 11, 2019
14 year old Simone Kruger won a silver medal and broke the World Record in the F38 discus combined class event. Congratulations Simone. #ParaAthletics
— TeamSouthAfrica (@TeamSA2020) November 12, 2019
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Tonight was magic on the Track. I knew that with each race GOD is with me all the way. I never felt alone . I never thought of this is me I thought of this is US ( GOD& Me ) him using my body to shine his light ? bright . ❤️❤️ Massive PB in the 200m-25,01 PB in the 100m – 12,36 Championships record in the 400m – 55,79 Thank you GOD for carrying me through life and my running. ???? A sincere thanks to everyone involved. ❤️ Photocredits: @ferreira.suzanne ??
Photo 1 Caption: South Africa para-athlete, Anrune Weyers, earned three medals at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships, leading the way for Team South Africa in Dubai. Photo: @athleticsafrica on Twitter
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