Last-minute heroics set up SA teams

SOUTH Africa's athletics and swimming teams continued their good showing over the final two days of competition at the Global Games for the Intellectually Impaired, winning an impressive 13 more medals between them.

SOUTH Africa's athletics and swimming teams continued their good showing over the final two days of competition at the Global Games for the Intellectually Impaired, winning an impressive 13 more medals between them.

The second edition of the Global Games - being held in Liberec, Jablonec nad Nisou and Cesky Dub in the Czech Republic - features intellectually impaired athletes from 40 countries. South Africa has sent 57 of its premier intellectually disabled athletes in athletics, basketball, futsal (indoor football), swimming and table tennis.

The Eastern Cape's Khanti Mncedi was arguably the most successful of the local athletes, with two gold and one silver medal in the men's 1500m, 800m and 5000m races respectively. The athletics team's only other gold medal came in the men's 4x400m relay race.

In the pool, Gauteng's Craig Groenewald claimed a further three gold medals in individual events over the final two days of the swimming competition. The first came in the men's 100m butterfly, the second in the 50m butterfly and the third in the 200m freestyle. - Sapa

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