Disabled swimmer sets world record

2012-04-18 00:00

KEVIN Paul raised the standard another notch with a new world record on the second day of the SA National Swimming Championships and Olympic trials at Kings Park in Durban last night.

The Eastern Province star was competing in the S1-S13 category for swimmers with disabilities in the 100 metre breaststroke when he clocked an amazing 1:05,94 to better the old mark by 0,02 seconds and pencil his name in the Paralympic team that will take part in London later this year.

While the swimmers with disabilities continued to excel, it was Karin Prinsloo (Northern Tigers) who set the stage for great evening of swimming as she opened with a personal best in the women’s 100 metre backstroke semi-final.

Prinsloo swam an impressive race to come within 0,01 seconds of the South African national record of 1:01,14 set in 2008 by Melissa Corfe, touching in an encouraging 1:01,15 — and also just outside the Olympic qualifying time (OQT) of 1:00,82.

The semi-finals of the men’s 200 metre freestyle kept the hype strong in the indoor centre despite a threatening storm outside.

The first semi-final saw University of Florida student Sebastian Rousseau (WP) clock a fast 1:48,58, finishing ahead of Jean Basson (Central Gauteng) in 1:49,02 and Jay-Cee Thomson (Northern Tigers) in 1:51,20.

But the second semi-final saw a fired-up Chad le Clos (KZN) demonstrate again just what good shape he is in with a solid last 50 metres of the men’s 200 metre freestyle to win in a personal best time of 1:47,20 — two seconds better than his previous best.

City star Darian Townsend (KZN) was content to finish in second spot with a sound 1:48,26, while Dylan Bosch (Central Gauteng) took third in 1:50,80.

The first final of the evening came from the women’s 100 metre butterfly where there was a head-to-head battle between Vanessa Mohr (Northern Tigers) and Mandy Loots (Central Gauteng).

It ended with Mohr stealing the title by 0,09 seconds from Loots.

Mohr won in 59,72 seconds and was shy of the 58,70 seconds OQT with Loots second.

Then it was the turn of Cameron van der Burgh (Northern Tigers) as he set his own pace in the men’s 100 metre breaststroke final.

The world champion powered his way to yet another OQT and dipped under the 60-second barrier for the first time this year in an exciting 59,90 seconds.

The final of the women’s 400 metre freestyle was closely fought out for the first 300 metres until Wendy Trott (WP) got into top gear to finish in 4:12,86, three seconds shy of the OQT of 4:09,35.

But one of the best performances of the night came from the tall Charl Crous (KZN) in the second semi-final of the men’s 100 metre backstroke. After arch-rival Darren Murray (Northern Tigers) set the target of 54,96 secodns in the first semi-final, he responded with a brilliant 54,19 seconds to finally dip under the 54,40 seconds OQT

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