South Africa at the 1964 Summer Paralympics

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South Africa at the
1964 Summer Paralympics
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg
IPC code RSA
NPC South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee
in Tokyo
Competitors 9 in 4 sports
Ranked 6th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
8 8 3 19
Summer Paralympics appearances

South Africa made its Paralympic Games début at the 1964 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.

It sent nine athletes to compete in archery, athletics, swimming and weightlifting. They finished sixth on the medal table with nineteen medals, of which eight were gold. Paradoxically, South Africa thus began to compete at the Paralympics just after being barred from competing at the Olympics. South Africa had been banned from the Olympic Games following the passing of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1761 which, in 1962, condemned the country's policy of apartheid. South Africa was not, however, banned from the Paralympics, and was therefore present at the 1964 Paralympics despite being absent from the 1964 Summer Olympics.[1]

The winners of its eight gold medals were G.P. Marais in archery (Men's St. Nicholas Round open), I. Marinowitz in archery (Women's St. Nicholas Round open), Daniel Erasmus in athletics (Men's Discus A and Men's Shot Put A), M. Forty in discus (Women's Club Throw B and Women's Discus B), A. Somerset in swimming (Women's 25 m Breaststroke incomplete class 1), and B. Humble in weightlifting (Men's Middleweight).[2]


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