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Hassiem heads record hunt
- Updated: April 7, 2009
Cape Town-based Achmat Hassiem was one of four swimmers to set South African records on the second morning of swimming action at the Nedbank Championships for the Physically Disabled, presented by the SA Sports for Physically Disabled, at the Gelvandale swimming pool in Port Elizabeth today.
Hassiem, a below-the-knee amputee as a result of a shark attack a few years back, clocked a national best of 2 min 06.23 secs in the S10 classification 200 metres freestyle.
Fresh from setting world records in the 800 metres freestyle and 200 metres backstroke on the opening day of the national championships Kimberley’s Charl Bouwer, who is visually impaired, clocked a national best of 2:03.14 in the 200 metres freestyle (S13 classification) while WP’s Henri Herbst (2:33.23 in the 200 metres freestyle S12 classification in the 15 to 16 years age group) and KwaZulu Natal’s Beth Nothling (3:49.45 in the 200 metres freestyle, S5 classification) also rewrote the SA record books.
Over 800 physically disabled and visually impaired athletes from 12 regional associations have been striving for glory at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on the athletics, swimming, archery, football, goalball, boccia and powerlifting fronts.