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Thu Apr 17 14:59:08 SAST 2014

Bouwer shines on a quiet day for Team SA

Sapa | 04 September, 2012 06:310 Comments
2012 London Paralympics - Day 3 - Swimming
Charles Bouwer of South Africa
Image by: Clive Rose / Getty Images

SOUTH Africa's Charles Bouwer won his third swimming medal and Union Sekailwe bagged a bronze on the track at the Games yesterday.

On a fairly quiet day for the South Africans, Bouwer added a second silver medal to his collection, which boasts one gold, in the men's 100m backstroke S13 final.

Belarussian Ihar Boki set a world record, touching in 56.97, three seconds faster than Bouwer's 59.92.

The bronze medal went to Greece's Charalampos Taiganidis, who finished the race in 1:01.10.

Sekailwe recorded a personal best in the men's 400m T38 final, coming third in 51.97.

The gold medal went to Tunisian Mohamed Chida in 50.43 and China's Wenjun Zhou took the silver in 51.56.

Also on the track was South Africa's only wheelchair sprinter, Pieter du Preez. He came sixth in the men's 100m T51 final in 24.21.

Toni Piisspanen of Finland took gold in 21.72, Alvise de Vidi of Italy got silver in 22.60 and bronze went to Algerian Mohamed Berrahal in 22.97.

Other South Africans to compete yesterday were equestrians Anthony Dawson and Wendy Moller. They finished ninth and 16th respectively in the grade II individual dressage.

Kgothatso Montjane was beaten in the women's wheelchair tennis singles in two sets, losing 2-6, 2-6 to Jiske Griffioen of the Netherlands.

Duane Strydom threw a distance of 35.64m in the men's discus F35/36, 3m short of the gold medal winner Sebastian Dietz of Germany who threw 38.54m.

In the women's javelin F33/34/52/53 class, Zandile Nhlapo achieved a season's best of 15.43m, finishing sixth behind gold medallist Birgit Kober's 25.17.

South Africa were lying 23rd on the medals table with two gold medals, five silver and five bronze.

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