Yesterday, South African Ilse Hayes set a new continental record in women’s T13 200 meters at the 2015 Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled. She had a time of 24.79 seconds, which was good enough to win her gold in the event. The time was also good enough to meet the 2016 Summer Paralympics A Qualifying time.
Hayes is currently working on improving her form for the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to take place later in the year in Doha. At the 2013 edition in Lyon, she won gold in the T13 women’s long jump and silver in the women’s T13 100 meter event. Before that, she won a pair of golds at the 2011 IPC Athletics Championships in the F13 long jump and T13 100 meters, while picking up a bronze in the 200 meters with a time of 25.54. At the 2006 World Championships she had a best finish of third in the 200 meters with a time of 26.32 seconds and third in the 400 meters. At the 2002 Athletics World Championships, she won gold in the 400 meters and bronze in the 100 meters.
Hayes is also a multiple Paralympic medalists. She won back-toback golds in Beijing and London in the F13 long jump. She was also a back-to-back silver medalists in Beijing and London in the women’s T13 100 meters. Competing in two events in Athens, she won bronze in the women’s T13 400 meters.
Anika Preterius, racing in the same event as Hayes, ran a time of 27.31 seconds to finish in second place. A personal best, her time was also a 2016 Summer Paralympics A Qualifying time.