Paralympics 2016 wrap: How South Africa fared


South Africa finished 22nd on the Paralympics medals table, which ended in Rio on 18 September 2016. Team South Africa has made a nation proud by bringing home a total of 17 medals. We take a look at the country’s performance.

Fourteen-year-old Ntando Mahlangu brings home a silver medal for the men’s 200m T42 at the Rio Paralympics 2016. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube, Sascoc)

Compiled by Priya Pitamber

In spectacular fashion, the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games ended on 18 September. South Africa finished the tournament on a high note, with 17 medals under their belt.

“Cabinet joins the nation in commending the performance of Team South Africa, who are at the Rio 2016 Paralympics,” said Jeff Radebe, the minister in the Presidency for planning, monitoring and evaluation. “These athletes are making our nation proud and continue to build on our stellar reputation of performing well at the Paralympics.”

Gold medals

 Kevin Paul: swimming  Men’s 100m breaststroke – SB9
 Hilton Langenhoven: athletics  Men’s long jump – T12
 Charl du Toit: athletics  Men’s 100m – T37
 Ernst van Dyk: cycling  Men’s road race – H5
 Reinhardt Hamman: athletics  Men’s javelin throw – F38
 Charl du Toit: athletics  Men’s 400m – T37
 Dyan Buis: athletics  Men’s 400m – T38


Watch this interview with Paul, who won the country’s first gold this year:

See Du Toit set a new world record:

Silver medals

 Ilse Hayes: athletics  Women’s 100m – T13
 Ntando Mahlangu: athletics  Men’s 200m – T42
 Anrune Liebenberg: athletics  Women’s 400m – T47
 Jonathan Ntutu: athletics  Men’s 100m – T12
 Ilse Hayes: athletics  Women’s 400m – T13
 Hilton Langenhoven: athletics  Men’s 200m – T12


Fourteen-year-old Mahlangu thanked South Africa for the opportunity to compete:

Bronze medals

 Fanie van der Merwe: athletics  Men’s 100m – T37
 Tyrone Pillay: athletics  Men’s shot put – T42
 Zanele Situ: athletics  Women’s javelin throw – F54
 Dyan Buis: athletics  Men’s long jump – T38


Pillay dedicated his win to his mum and other loved ones: