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Charl Du Toit of South Africa competes in round one heat two of the Mens 400m T37 at the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.

Charl Wessel Du Toit

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South African du Toit won double gold at London 2017, his first time at the top of the World Championship podium after winning individual silver in 2015 and two bronze medals in 2013.

In fact, du Toit’s success in London came as no surprise after his performances at the Rio Paralympic Games the previous year.

The Stellenbosch Para athlete struck double gold at Rio 2016, his second Paralympics, winning both the 100m and 400m T37 events.

Du Toit had shown great form ahead of Rio 2016, setting a new 100m T37 (11.43) world record at the Nottwil Grand Prix in Switzerland three months earlier. The record did not last long with du Toit lowering it further to 11.42 in the heats at Rio 2016. Although 11.45 in the final was slightly slower, it was enough to win him gold.

In the 400m final, he lowered the Paralympic record to 51.13 on his way to a second gold.

For his achievements at Rio 2016, he was named Sportsman of the Year with an Impairment at the 2016 South African Sports Awards.

Born with cerebral palsy, Du Toit took up Para athletics in 2011 and a year later competed in the 100m and 800m T37 events at London 2012. He also won silver over 100m at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T37, F37

Further personal information

Residence
Stellenbosch, RSA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Education - University of Stellenbosch: South Africa

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 17 at high school in Pretoria, South Africa. He began competing in Para athletics in 2011.
Why this sport?
"I come from an athletic family, and I always loved the sport."
Club / Team
Maties ParaSport Club: Stellenbosch, RSA
Name of coach
Suzanne Ferreira [club], RSA

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
South Africa

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Suzanne Ferreira, and his father. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Injuries
As a child he required a number of operations, including one in which his Achilles tendon needed to be lengthened. (paralympic.org, 06 Jun 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everything happens for a reason, so just enjoy the moment." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named Sportsman of the Year with an Impairment at the 2016 South African Sports Awards. (sascoc.co.za, 28 Nov 2016)
Famous relatives
His parents Wessel and Elmarie were both athletes who competed at regional level in South Africa. (paralympic.org, 06 Jun 2018)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (timeslive.co.za, 25 Jan 2018)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after complications at birth. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Other information
RIO TRIBUTE
After winning gold in the T37 100m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he dedicated his victory to his uncle Johan, who was shot and later died following a house robbery earlier in the year. "Me and my family have been through a few tough months but hopefully I did my country proud." (sascoc.co.za, 16 Sep 2016; iol.co.za, 11 Sep 2016)

YOUTH ORGANISATION
He has worked with a non-governmental body named Living Legends South Africa.The organisation offers a youth development programme that focuses on empowering children to take responsibility for their actions through interaction, sport development and life skills. (Living Legends SA Facebook page, 05 Jun 2018; Facebook profile, 06 Mar 2018; tyi.co.za, 16 Aug 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T37 Final Round 2012-09-01 6
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 2 2012-09-08 5
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-21 3
Men's 400 m T37 Semifinal 2 2013-07-25 5
Men's 400 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-26 3
Men's 4x100 m T35-38 Final 1 2013-07-27 2
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T37 Final 1 2015-10-22 4
Men's 200 m T37 Heat 2 2015-10-22 6
Men's 400 m T37 Final 1 2015-10-29 2
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 2 2015-10-30 3
Men's 100 m T37 Final 1 2015-10-31 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 2 2016-09-10 1
Men's 100 m T37 Final Round 2016-09-11 1
Men's 400 m T37 Heat 1 2016-09-15 1
Men's 400 m T37 Final Round 2016-09-16 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T37 Heat 1 2017-07-17 2
Men's 200 m T37 Final 1 2017-07-18 1
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 1 2017-07-19 1
Men's 100 m T37 Final 1 2017-07-20 2
Men's 400 m T37 Heat 2 2017-07-22 4
Men's 400 m T37 Final 1 2017-07-23 1