‘She stole the hearts of the world’

2008-08-20 00:00

Paralympics gold medallist Natalie du Toit may not have gained a medal in the 10 km marathon swim, but she wrote her name into Olympic history yesterday when she became the first amputee to compete in the Olympics Games, and in doing so stole the hearts of the world.

Du Toit completed the first three laps up among the leading seven swimmers who were dominated by British duo Cassie Patten and Keri Anne Payne, with Russia’s eight-time world champion Larisa Ilchenko sitting directly behind.

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