There were tears from Dyan Buis after he had won gold in the 400 metres on Saturday night, the emotions of what he said had been a very hard four years bursting through on the last day of competition at the Olympic Stadium.
He broke the 16-year-old Paralympic record of 50.30 seconds, set by Australian Tim Sullivan in Sydney in 2000. His 49.96secs saw off China’s Jianwen Hu (50.27secs) and Cuba’s Weiner Diaz Mosquera (51.44secs).
World record holder Farhat Chida of Tunisia could only manage fourth. It was a second medal for Buis, who took bronze in the long jump.
There would have been more tears from Buis a little later as his training partner, Hilton Langenhoven, won silver in the 200m for the visually impaired just over an hour later to give South Africa 17 medals.
Ilse Hayes ended her Paralympic career the way she began it, with a medal in the 400 metres. As a teenager at Athens 2004, she won bronze. Under a searing sun, she took a hard-fought silver.