President Zuma Celebrates South African Paralympic Team


President Zuma celebrates the outstanding performance of South African Paralympic team.

He has congratulated the South African team of Paralympians saying they raised the South African flag high.

So far, the South African Paralympic team has bagged three gold medals in the 2016 Rio Paralympics Games in Brazil.

First, Kevin Paul won the gold medal for the men’s 100m breaststroke swimming competition.

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His 1:04.86 record handed Team South Africa their first medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games. Also, it was the 25-year old athlete’s first gold medal for the country.

Congratulating the South African swimmer Zuma said:

“South Africa is extremely proud of Kevin Paul for this remarkable achievement and we hope it will encourage his team mates and other young athletes representing the country in Rio to win more medals.

We wish Team South Africa all the best and we also thank the people of South Africa for their continued support of our athletes.”

Following Paul’s lead, Hilton Langenhoven grabbed the second gold medal for SA when he won the men’s long jump.

Thereafter, the South African Paralympic team celebrated the earning of more medal.

While Charl du Toit and Fanie van der Merwe won gold and bronze in the T37 100m final, Ilse Hayes gained the silver in the T13 100m. In addition, 14 years old Ntando Mahlangu swooped-off the silver medal in the men’s T42 final.

Reacting to the winnings, Zuma congratulated the athletes for raising the South African flag high.

“Our country stands fully behind them. We are especially appreciative of their capacity to rise against all odds and make the whole nation proud at every Paralympics Games,” stated President Zuma.

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