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Heerden heads home
- Updated: September 6, 2011
Stellenbosch swimmer Heerden Herman’s All Africa Games ended almost as quickly as it began and he has returned home to South Africa with illness.
Herman, a long distance specialist who broke Ryk Neethling’s decade old SA 1500m record in late 2010, fell ill shortly after arriving in Maputo.
“I’m not sure what it was but I suddenly started coming out in a rash. It spread quite rapidly,” he told Road to London 2012 before he left on Monday evening.
“The team doctor gave me medication but it didn’t help at all, and the chemicals in the swimming pool only irritated it. The doctor then said we had to treat it more aggressively and prescribed a course of steroids.
“Obviously with anti-doping rules that rules me out of any competition.
The funny thing is that even if I was able to swim, there are not enough swimmers here in my distance to constitute a race so it doesn’t look like I would have swum in any case,” said Herman who also represented South Africa at last year’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.