Five facts about…..South Africa’s Ilse Hayes

She is a strong contender for gold at Doha 2015, but what else do you know about South Africa’s leading sprinter? 13 Oct 2015
A picture of a woman with a gold medal around her neck during a medal ceremony.

South Africa's Ilse Hayes won the gold medal during the women's long jump F13 final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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1. Hayes was just 16-years-old when she won her first major international title – 400m T13 gold at the 2002 IPC Athletics World Championships in France.

2. In 2013 she was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga – a national order of excellence - by South African President Jacob Zuma.

3. The 30-year-old has so far competed at three Paralympic Games winning two gold, two silver and a bronze.

4. In April, Hayes became the world’s fastest female para-athlete clocking 11.89 in Brazil, a position she held up until August this year.

5. The South African has as degree in Sports Science from the University of Stellenbosch, with honours in Pediatric Sciences.

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