Arnu Fourie

On the way to the hospital, my rugby dreams were making their way out of my life. The next morning when I woke up, the first thing someone said to me was ‘The Paralympic record for the 100m is 11.06 seconds’ – it was the start of a new dream.”

Sport: Athletics
Nationality: South African
Gender: Male
Born: 23rd April 1985
Amputation: Below-the-Knee
Class: T44
Main Events: 100m, 200m & Relay
Club: Maties Helderberg Sports Club
Affiliations: Őssur, Is Ability Sports Club, Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics & Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund

Background

Arnu Fourie was just 18 years old when his dreams of playing rugby with South Africa’s famous Golden Lions were shattered in a devastating accident.

It took some years to rebuild his life and sporting ambitions, but by 2008 his faith and determination took him all the way to Beijing and the Paralympic Games and beyond.

At the start of 2003, Arnu Fourie was ready to represent Grey College, Bloemfontein, as part of the first rugby side at the St John’s rugby festival in Johannesburg. A week before the event he tore a ligament in a warm-up game. Hugely disappointed, Arnu underwent surgery and was left on the sideline for the remainder of the season, unable to play a single game for the team he had dreamt about for years.

While rehabilitation continued, Arnu was signed up by the Golden Lions Rugby Union in preparation for a rugby career which would start in 2004. But in October 2003, tragedy struck. Arnu’s left leg was caught by a propeller in a boating accident, an injury which left no option but to amputate below the knee.

In September 2006, Arnu ran his first 100m race as a disabled athlete and, after months of hard work and perseverance, he qualified for the Paralympic squad and represented South Africa at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics where he competed in the 100m and 200m races.

Today Arnu is one of the fastest T44 sprinters in the world!

At the 2012 London Games, Fourie with team-mates Oscar Pistorius, Samkelo Rabebe and Divan Engelbrecht set a new WR in the men’s T42-46 Relay event,

Fourie also took the bronze in the Men’s 100m, and set a new WR in the Men’s 200m T44 at the 2012 event.

After an injury-prone 2013, Fourie was back on form at Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match (January 2014) taking silver at his indoor circuit debut.

 

2014 Only South African selected to participate in Sainsbury's Glasgow International Match (January).

Fourie took silver in his indoor (60m) circuit debut with a time of 7.35 - a tenth behind USA’s Richard Browne (7.25) with Germany’s Felix Streng (7.52) and Great Britain’s Michael Poulton (8.39) taking third and fourth place respectively.
2013 Selected to represent South Africa at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon, France
2012 London Paralympics – WORLD RECORD in the T44 200m, WORLD RECORD & gold in the relay, plus a bronze performance in the T44 100m sprint.
2012 February – Fourie ran the 100m in 11.27 seconds at an IPC approved Stellenbosch Club Meeting - a time that effectively puts him first in the world in the T44 100m event!
2011 September - Gold and WORLD FASTEST TIME of the season in the 200m (22.76s) by beating USA’s Jerome Singleton at the Samsung Diamond League Meeting in Brussels
2011 March - Gold in both the 100m (11.75s) & the 200m (23.74s) at the Nedbank National Championships in Rustenburg
2011 January - 4th place (11.43s) in the 100m, bronze plus new Africa record in the 200m (22.82s), and gold plus new Championship record in the T42-46 Relay alongside Oscar Pistorius, Samkelo Radebe & David Roos at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand
2010 June - Gold in the 100m (11.43s) & gold plus another new Africa record in the 200m (23.20s) at the IWAS European Open in Stadskanaal, new SA and Africa record in the 100m (11.19s) at the International Sports meeting in Leverkusen, gold in the 100m & silver in the 200m as well as gold in the T42-46 Relay alongside Oscar Pistorius, Samkelo Radebe & David Roos at the International German Open in Bottrop
2010 May - Silver in the 100m (11.57s) at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, gold in the 100m (11.38s) & gold plus a new Africa record in the 200m (23.48s) at the Open Dutch Athletics Championships in Emmen
2010 March - Gold & a new SA record in the 100m with a World Qualifying B time (WQB) of 11.31 seconds & gold plus another WQB in the 200m (23.78s) at the Nedbank National Championships in Port Elizabeth
2010 August - Gold & WBQ time of 23.50s at the SASAPD-SASCOC Invitational at the University of Johannesburg
2009 Gold in the curtain-raiser to the IAAF Golden League event in Paris
2008 4th place in the 100m final & 6th place in the 200m final at the Beijing Paralympic Games

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