Manie is back on home soil after winning a gold medal for the discus at the World Para Athletics Championships. We are so proud of him and we would like to extend a huge thank you on behalf of Manie and Dotcloud to all of you that made this possible – the total amount raised to send Manie to London was a staggering R 57,500.

Manie’s wife Charne was eagerly waiting at the airport to personally congratulate him with balloons and a BIG hug. Charne has witnessed the blood and tears that go into preparing for this type of event and is his biggest fan and supporter – weeping tears of joy when he won the gold medal on Sunday. It seems Manie is a bit of a celebrity too, as the media were at the airport to interview the athletes when they came through the gates. 

Manie spent a week fueled with nervous excitement awaiting his events on Saturday and Sunday at the 2017 World Para Athletics championships in London. The championship was the biggest in the event’s history and the atmosphere electric with the fans attending in droves, and up to 100,000 school children from all over Great Britain attending throughout the week. Manie was feeling the pressure with this being his first international competition, as well as the competition where athletes are selected to compete in future international events. Despite all the hard work and dedication, things can go horribly wrong at major events as was the case when Ntando Mahlangu had an unfortunate fall in his heat due to a snapped blade – he was one of the favourites pegged to win the 100-meter race. One can only admire the tenacity and spirit of these brilliant athletes, and it was truly inspiring to see how Ntando got up and hopped across the line on one blade with a smile on his face despite the huge disappointment he must have been feeling.

Manie’s secondary event was the shot-put event which took place on Saturday. As we have come to expect of him; Manie did not disappoint – he broke his own African record and was placed eighth in his class. Sunday was the big day and had us all on tenterhooks when the battle for gold began between Manie and the defending champion Saman Pakbaz from Iran. Manie was leading with a 48.7-meter throw but was overtaken by Pakbaz who threw 48.8 meters. Manie retaliated by throwing 51.16 meters. In the last round, Pakbaz threw 50.07 meters, but it was not enough to beat Manie. Manie broke the African record, the championship record that was unbroken for eleven years and bagged the gold medal!

South Africa fared very well at the championships ranking 10th overall and winning 5 gold, 8 silver and 2 bronze medals. We are super proud of Manie the rest of the team.

Manie’s wife Charne was eagerly waiting at the airport to personally congratulate him with balloons and a BIG hug. Charne has witnessed the blood and tears that go into preparing for this type of event and is his biggest fan and supporter – weeping tears of joy when he won the gold medal on Sunday. It seems Manie is a bit of a celebrity too, as the media were at the airport to interview the athletes when they came through the gates. 

Manie spent a week fueled with nervous excitement awaiting his events on Saturday and Sunday at the 2017 World Para Athletics championships in London. The championship was the biggest in the event’s history and the atmosphere electric with the fans attending in droves, and up to 100,000 school children from all over Great Britain attending throughout the week. Manie was feeling the pressure with this being his first international competition, as well as the competition where athletes are selected to compete in future international events. Despite all the hard work and dedication, things can go horribly wrong at major events as was the case when Ntando Mahlangu had an unfortunate fall in his heat due to a snapped blade – he was one of the favourites pegged to win the 100-meter race. One can only admire the tenacity and spirit of these brilliant athletes, and it was truly inspiring to see how Ntando got up and hopped across the line on one blade with a smile on his face despite the huge disappointment he must have been feeling.

Manie’s secondary event was the shot-put event which took place on Saturday. As we have come to expect of him; Manie did not disappoint – he broke his own African record and was placed eighth in his class. Sunday was the big day and had us all on tenterhooks when the battle for gold began between Manie and the defending champion Saman Pakbaz from Iran. Manie was leading with a 48.7-meter throw but was overtaken by Pakbaz who threw 48.8 meters. Manie retaliated by throwing 51.16 meters. In the last round, Pakbaz threw 50.07 meters, but it was not enough to beat Manie. Manie broke the African record, the championship record that was unbroken for eleven years and bagged the gold medal!

South Africa fared very well at the championships ranking 10th overall and winning 5 gold, 8 silver and 2 bronze medals. We are super proud of Manie the rest of the team.

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