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- Olympic champ Schurter moves into Cape Epic lead
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- Continental track championships wrap up in style
- Young Guns rule the day at Cape Epic
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All hail Herman!
- Updated: December 16, 2010
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Heerden Herman has the champagne on ice after breaking Ryk Neethling’s decade-old South African 1500m freestyle record at the Western Province championships.
Herman, still only 19, clocked 14min 57.88sec and is now awaiting official ratification by Swimming SA to have his name replace that of the Olympic gold medallist. Neethling clocked his 15:00.48 at the Sydney Games in 2000, and thereafter completed a remarkable career turnaround by concentrating on the sprints, where he won his gold at Athens 2004 in the 4x100m freestyle.
Herman’s time elevates him to No6 in the world rankings.
In the same race, Herman’s Stellenbosch University team-mate, Charl Bouwer, broke the world record for S13 (partially sighted) swimmers, with a time of 16:36.27.