The veteran Paralympic sprinter Ndodomzi Ntutu claimed another gold medal for South Africa in the men’s T11/12 100m final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England on Thursday night.
The 36-year-old Ntutu clocked a winning time of 10.83, which was quicker than his 11.02 winning time when he won the title at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games four years ago.
The UK’s Zachary Alexander Shaw grabbed the silver in a time of 10.9 and Ananias Shikongo of Namibia took the bronze in 10.95.
Jovan van Vuuren picked up the bronze medal in the men’s long jump competition. Van Vuuren’s jump of 8.06m was good enough to earn him third place. Laquan Nairn of the Bahamas won the gold with a jump of 8.08m and India’s Sreeshankar Sreeshankar picked up the silver with a jump of 8.07m.
Thatha, Ndodomzi!👏👏— Team South Africa (@TeamSA2024) August 4, 2022
Savour this moment, champ, you have earned it.
A Commonwealth Games GOLD🥇 medallist and an overall great gentleman. 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦#TeamSA #B2022 #B2022ParaAthletics pic.twitter.com/U38PkqcZjB
South Africa’s medal tally now stands at 22, with seven gold, seven silver, and eight bronze.
In the 2018 Commonwealth Games at The Gold Coast, South Africa won a total of 37 medals, and in 2014, South Africans walked away with 40 medals. The country’s best performance to date was the 2002 games in Manchester when South Africa won a total of 45 medals, of which 9 were gold medals.
This is the 14th Commonwealth Games for South Africa since 1930.