Natalie bombs out in 50 m swim

2012-09-06 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s Natalie du Toit finished seventh in the women’s 50 m freestyle S9 final at the London Paralympic Games last night.

Du Toit started strongly, but faded towards the end of what was an explosive race, finishing in 29,84 seconds. China’s Ping Lin won gold in 29,12 seconds, breaking Du Toit’s Paralymic record of 29,20 at the Beijing Games in 2008.

Du Toit, though, still holds the world record of 29,04 which she set in Manchester in 2006.

She currently has 12 career Paralympic gold medals, two at these Games after wins in the 100 m butterfly S9 and 400 m freestyle S9.

Elsewhere in Team South Africa yesterday, Kevin Paul set an African record last night despite finishing seventh in the men’s Paralympic 400 m freestyle S10 final.

Paul touched home in a time of 4:16.46 at the London Aquatics Centre. Ian Jaryd Silverman of the United States won gold in a new Paralympic time of 4:04.91.

Straight after the men’s race, the women’s 400 m freestyle S10 final got under way with SA’s Shireen Sapiro taking part. But she struggled, finishing last in a time of 5:01.30. France’s Elodie Lorandi won gold in 4:34.55.

Sapiro couldn’t improve on her 4:59.54 qualifying effort earlier in the day when she also set the African record.

After that South Africa’s Tadhg Slattery finished fifth in the final of the men’s 100 m breastroke SB5 final. He finished in 1:39.16, more than five seconds behind gold medallist Woo-Geun Lim from the Republic of Korea.

South Africa wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk finished outside of medal contention in the men’s individual H4 time trial finals — fifth in a time of 26:35.95.

Italy’s Alessandro Zanardi won gold in 24:50.22, Germany’s Norbert Mosandl silver in 25:17.40, while America’s Oscar Sanchez took bronze in 25:35.26.

In other road cycling events, South Africa’s Stuart McCreadie finished seventh in the men’s individual H2 time trial finals while Gerhard Viljoen (15:26.41) finished seventh in the mixed T1-2 time trial finals.

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