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Du Toit, Paul power into Paralympic swimming finals
- Updated: August 30, 2012
Team South Africa set themselves up for a possible two swimming medals on the first day of the 2012 Paralympics in London on Thursday.
First five-time Beijing gold medallist, Natalie du Toit got her final Paralympics conquest off to a solid start.
Swimming one of her seven scheduled events here in London, Du Toit was the fastest in the morning heats of the 100-metre butterfly (S9 class).
She won her heat in the easiest of fashions, clocking 1min 09.94sec, finished 3.32sec ahead of second-placed Claire Cashmore (Great Britain).
American Elizabeth Stone won the first heat in 1:11.19 and is second quickest in the final which will be raced at 7.30pm (UK time) on Thursday evening.
Du Toit, who won five gold medals at both the Athens and Beijing Paralympics, has said that this will be her final Paralympics as well as her final swimming competition.
Also going through in the morning heats was Port Elizabeth’s Kevin Paul in the men’s 200m Individual Medley (SM10 class).
He won his first heat in 2:14.97, an African record. That sees him into Thursday’s final (7.52pm) as second quickest qualifier behind Canada’s Benoit Huot (2:13.87).