Sprint prodigy Ntando Mahlangu added to the SA team’s rising medal haul early on Monday morning (SA time), snatching silver in the men’s 100m T42 200m final at the Rio Paralympics.
The 14-year-old speedster clocked 23.77, with Richard Whitehead of Great Britain taking the win in 23.39. Later on the track, Arnu Fourie finished fifth in his 200m T43/44 heat in 22.67, missing out on a place in the final.
Elsewhere, in the swimming pool, breaststroke champion Kevin Paul took sixth position in the men’s 200m individual medley SM10 final in 2:16.25.
On the wheelchair tennis court, Kgothatso Montjane lost 4-6 6-4 5-7 to China’s Zhenzhen Zhu in the second round of the women’s singles competition, while the doubles pairing of Leon Els and Evans Maripa were also eliminated, going down 5-7 2-6 to the Argentine duo of Gustavo Fernandez and Agustin Ledesma in round two of the men’s tournament.
After four days of competition at the Games, the SA team had earned a total of six medals, including three gold, two silver and one bronze.