South African Coetzee wins her first silver medal in the Tokyo Paralympics.
South African athlete, Louzanne Coetzee has displayed her lifetime performance and won a 1500m (T11) silver
medal in a timely 4min 40.96sec on Monday morning at the Olympic Stadium.
Collectively, Team-SA attained three medals (Two- Golds and One -Silver) in the Tokyo Paralympics games since Saturday morning.
In a media statement released on Saturday, the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Nathi Mthethwa, congratulated gold medalist, Ntando Mahlangu, and Anrune Weyers, for winning the men’s 200 (T61) and women’s 400m (T47), respectively, on Saturday morning.
“We are extremely proud of Team SA and what they have achieved so far at the Paralympics. This is a clear indication that there are no limits when you set your mind to something. We believed they could, and they did. Furthermore, we will continue to support them on their ongoing journey,” said Mthethwa.
The South African 28-year old Louzanne Coetzee said she felt very emotional after winning her first silver medal since she started competing, in 2013.
“I have been competing for eight years, and this is my first medal. I’m overwhelmed. I couldn’t have asked for a better race, a better guide, better preparation. I’m very thankful for how things went down.”
Coetzee finished second, slightly time behind the Mexican athlete who won the gold medal, Monica Rodriguez, and broke the world record in a timely 4min:37.40 seconds.