Congratulations to 25 year old Paralympian, Dyan Buis, for not only taking gold in the 400m T38 final in 49.43 seconds, but also breaking the Paralympic record and following in the footsteps of Wayde van Niekerk. He broke the 16-year-old Paralympic record of 50.30 seconds, set by Australian Tim Sullivan in Sydney in 2000.
In addition to his gold, he also took the bronze in the long jump, making him only one of three South African Paralympians to do so.
Dyan, who has mild cerebral palsy, is from Riversdale in the Western Cape and he says he plans on finishing an honours degree in teaching next year. He competed in the 2012 Paralympic games where he won a Bronze Medal in the men’s long jump with a world record time and a Silver Medal in the Men’s 100m for his class.
He says that he is very grateful for everyone who supported him but he was especially motivated when he thought of his wife, Erna and little daughter, Jinne.