Every South African a Swimmer

Day 03 of the IPC Swimming World Championships

Day 03 of the IPC Swimming World Championships
Glasgow, Wednesday, 15th July 2015 – Mzansi’s Kevin Paul boasts a new Championship Record and a gold medal on the third day of the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, United Kingdom, tonight.

It was a proud moment for Paul, breaking his own Championship Record, winning the gold medal and touching the wall in a Paralympic Qualification time of 1:04.50 in the SB9 100m breaststroke.
The Port Elizabeth native bettered his 2013 record of 1:05.85 during the morning heats with a time of 1:05.42 but proved even faster during the finals.
“This competition is a great building block for Rio 2016 and it will be good to stand on the block next year as reigning World Champion.
“This achievement means a lot to me and it does wonders for my confidence going forward as good swims come from confidence and hard training.” concluded Paul. 

Swimming South Africa’s CEO, Shaun Adriaanse expressed his excitement in the team’s performance at the competition tonight.
“Kevin displayed a commanding performance in his gold winning race, showing that he is clearly on track for silverware in Rio 2016.
“We are very proud of the team that is representing SA in Glasgow as they continue to strive for fast times and improve on their personal bests.” concluded Adriaanse.

19 year old Johann van Heerden also added his name to the Paralympic Qualification list when he finished 8th in the SB9 100m breaststroke in 1:12.69. Van Heerden swam to his Personal Best time of 1:12.58 during the morning heats.
In the S11 100m backstroke morning heats session, Hendri Herbst broke his own 2014 African Record with a Paralympic Qualification time of 1:14.81. The previous time stood at 1:14.95.
In the evening finals, Herbst mistimed his turn and went skew into the wall resulting in his disqualification from the event.

In other results, Adri Visser concluded the S5 200m freestyle race in 11th place with a time of 3:51.50, while Challis Wright finished 17th in the S14 200m freestyle, clocking 2:09.08.
The fourth day of competition will feature Emily Gray in the S9 50m freestyle and Adri Visser in the S5 50m butterfly.
The South African Swimming Team in Glasgow is proudly sponsored by Sport and Recreation South Africa, National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Nedbank, SASOL and 361.

Paralympic Qualifying Times following Day 03:
• Hendri Herbst (S11) – 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke (Heats)
• Beth Nothling (S5) – 50m backstroke
• Emily Gray (S9) – 100m backstroke
• Kevin Paul  – 200m individual medley (SM10) and 100m breaststroke (SB9)
• Johann van Heerden (SB9) – 100m breaststroke

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