- Louzanne Coetzee smashed her own T11 (totally blind) 5000m World record by 13.97 seconds
- Coetzee competed in the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Berlin over the weekend
- Shen also set a new African T11 800m African record during the event
Louzanne Coetzee has etched her name among the greats of para-athletes. The South African smashed her own T11 (completely blind) 5000m World record by an amazing 13.92 seconds when she ran a time of 18m,00s,34.
Coetzee also set a new T11 African 800m African record with a time of 2m25s. For those wondering how someone who is completely blind takes place in a running event, each athlete has a guide which holds their hand during the race.
Since the 2012 London Paralympic Games, guides have also received medals and have been allowed to appear on the podium alongside their ‘blind partner’. This was implemented because in most cases the guide trains with the athlete and dedicates much of their time to helping their ‘partner’ achieve greatness.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Coetzee started her para-athletics career in 2012 when she enrolled at the University of Free State in Bloemfontein.
Hard work and dedication led to her being selected to represent South Africa at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Coetzee took part in the T11 1500m. Although she did not win any medals she did impress many with her potential.
Goodthingsguy.com reported that in 2017 Coetzee really hit her straps and set a new T11 5000m record which stood until she broke it this weekend.
She started training later in her first year after close friends coaxed and encouraged her to take part in trails and to give track running a go.
Coetzee’s friends say she is outgoing, bubbly, loves taking on challenges and lives each day to its fullest potential.
Coetzee has never used her blindness as an excuse and has excelled in various endeavours. She matriculated in 2011 as one of the top students in the Western Cape.
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