This is how things stand for SA athletes in Paris


Two South African athletes were already in action this morning at the World Para-Athletics Championship in Paris.

Yané van der Merwe finished eighth in the final of the discus (F64) while Refilwe Mosifane also had to settle for eighth place in the final of the 400 m (T36).

There is only one more South African athlete who will be in action later today. Tebogo Mofokeng takes part tonight in one of the heats of the 100 m (T64).

Puseletso Mabote finished 11th in the finals of the long jump (T63 class) yesterday, while Jaco Smit had to settle for fourth place in the 100 m final (T12).

Sheryl James and Liezel Gouws participated in the final of the 400 m (T37). Although James finished fourth, her time of 1:03.38 is a new African record. Gous was fifth in a time of 1:07.40, her best this past season.

South Africa has currently only won one medal after Louzanne Coetzee finished second in the 1,500 m for T11 female athletes. Her time of 4:48.13 is her best this past season.