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Simone Kruger made a record-breaking throw at the World Para Athletics Championships, adding another reason for South Africa to be proud alongside all the medals our athletes earned!


Global (29 May 2024)—It’s been a busy stretch for South African para-athletes who represented our country at the Para Athletics World Championships held in Japan. With Worlds now done and dusted, we are thrilled to report that South Africa has new medals to shine, and a history-making throw to boast among other achievements!

Simone Kruger banked another world title thanks to a record-breaking throw (38.82m) in the Women’s Discus F38 event, in which she also won gold! A serious title defender, the record she broke was none other than her own.

Her gold brought South Africa’s gold tally up to two, with Mpumelelo Mhlongo having earned the first gold for South Africa at Worlds for his epic Men’s T44 100m event (which he finished in a flash at 11.36 seconds).

All in all, South Africa concluded the Para Athletics World Championships with six medals, including silver from Puseletso Michael Mabote for the Men’s 100m T63 and the bronze claimers:

  • Collen Mahlalela (Men’s 400m T47)
  • Louzanne Coetzee (Women’s 1500m T11)
  • Lizel Gouws (Women’s 400m T37)

A massive round of applause for our athletes who have just turned up the excitement on what we can expect from the upcoming 2024 Paralympics!

Sources: Team South Africa 
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