Team SA’s Tokyo Paralympic effort sees them bring back R2m

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South African para-athlete Ntando Mahlangu wins gold at Tokyo Paralympic Games

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  • The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics came to a close as the South African team lowered the number of medals at this year’s Games compared to previous editions.
  • The Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture is set to pay SA’s Paralympic heroes with more than R2.58 million.
  • Teenage star Ntando Mahlangu will pocket more than R 1 million for his two gold medals and his world record.

The Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture should give South Africa Tokyo Paralympic Games hero of over 2 million rand after their sensational performances.

Last month, the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture released the incentives for Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic medalists, together with their stakeholders, the National Lottery Commission (NLC) and the South African Sports Confederation. and the Olympic Committee (Sascoc).

The incentives, which were only released after the SA team won three medals at the Olympics, were significantly increased compared to what the SA medalists received at the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

This year the government has promised to reward all gold medalists at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics R450,000 with R100,000 given to their coach.

The silver medalists will win R220,000 (R70,000 for the coach), while those who win the bronze will pocket R100,000 (R30,000 for the coach).

An additional R180,000 is awarded for athletes who break the world record in Tokyo with the incentive strictly for the athletes and not for the coaches.

After sending in a smaller team of 34, it was always going to be difficult to ask the SA Paralympians to match the 17 medals at Rio 2016.

South Africa has ended 34th to the general medal table with Seven Paralympic medalsfour gold, a money and of them bronze medals.

The country is tied for its worst Paralympic performance after winning seven medals at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

Teen star Ntando Mahlangu won two gold medals in Japan, breaking the T63 long jump world record and winning the men’s T61 200m.

His two gold medals (R450k each), along with his world record (R180k), will allow the 19-year-old to win R1.08m for his second Paralympic Games.

Mahlangu’s coach, Neil Cornelius, is expected to receive R 240,000 for his advice.

HER Anrune weyers did not disappoint in Japan as she clinched gold in the women’s 400m T47 final to win her fifth Paralympic medal and first Paralympic gold.

Weyers’ win will see the 28-year-old receiving R450,000 with her trainer Suzanne Ferreira pocketing R120,000.

Para-cyclist Pieter du Préez was South Africa’s other gold medalist winning the men’s H1 time trial. Du Preez will also bag R450,000 for his first Paralympic medal.

Louzanne coetzee ran to a silver medal in the women’s 1500m (T11) and then ended her campaign with a bronze medal in Sunday’s women’s marathon (T12).

Coetzee will receive 220,000 R for his money and 100,000 R for its bronze.

During this time, Sheryl james finished third in the women’s 400m T37 final to win her first Paralympic medal on her debut.

James will pocket 100,000 R for his bronze medal.

Although a para-athlete Mpumelelo Mhlongo was not on the Paralympic podium this year, he broke a T44 world record (22.81) in the men’s T64 200m events.

The 27-year-old finished fifth in the final but is expected to receive a bounty of Rand 180,000 for his world record.

Overall Paralympic Incentives add up to Rand 2.58 million to the six athletes involved (see breakdown below).

Anrune weyers

South African para-athlete Anrune Weyers wins gold at Tokyo Paralympic Games

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Ntando Mahlangu

South African para-athlete Ntando Mahlangu wins gold at Tokyo Paralympic Games

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Louzanne coetzee

South African Louzanne Coetzee wins silver with Erasmus Badenhorst guide

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Sheryl james

South African Sheryl James wins bronze at Tokyo Paralympic Games

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Pieter du Préez

South African cyclist Pieter du Preez wins gold at Tokyo Paralympic Games

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Ntando Mahlangu

South African Paralympic gold medalist Ntando Mahlangu in Tokyo over 200m

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Louzanne coetzee

South African Louzanne Coetzee and guide Claus Kempen

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SA Paralympic Medal History:

Barcelona 1992 – 7 (4 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)

Atlanta 1996 – 28 (10 gold, 8 silver, 10 bronze)

Sydney 2000 – 38 (13 gold, 12 silver, 13 bronze)

Athens 2004 – 35 (15 gold, 13 silver, 7 bronze)

Beijing 2008 – 30 (21 gold, 3 silver, 6 bronze)

London 2012 – 29 (8 gold, 12 silver, 9 bronze)

Rio 2016 – 17 (7 gold, 6 silver, 4 bronze)

Tokyo 2020 – 7 (4 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)

SA Tokyo Paralympic Incentives:

Ntando Mahlangu – Two gold medals (R450,000 x 2), WR in long jump (R180,000)

Anrune Weyers – Gold (R450,000)

Pieter du Preez – Gold (450,000)

Louzanne Coetzee – Silver, Bronze (R220,000 and R100,000)

Sheryl James – Bronze (R100,000)

Mpumelelo Mhlongo – [T44] WR in 200m T64 heats (R180,000)

= R2 580,000

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