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Hassiem, Herbst swim into Saturday’s finals

An African record of 58.46sec saw swimmer Achmat Hassiem into the final of the men’s 100-metre butterfly at the Paralympic Games in London on Saturday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Swimming in the S10 category, sharkbite victim Hassiem ended second in the second heat and will line up for the evening final. In the women’s S10 butterfly team-mate Shireen Sapiro opted not to start.

And following in Hassiem’s wake later in the morning, Friday night’s bronze medallist, Hendri Herbst qualified for the 50m (S11) final.

Herbst won bronze in the freestyle on Friday night (SA’s second medal of the Games) and his 27.02 on Saturday was third fastest qualifier and also an African record.

In the 100m breaststroke (S8) gold medallist Natalie du Toit made it through to the final. She makes no bones about the fact that the breast and backstroke events are the weakest of her seven events here.

Still, she ended just one spot outside the medals in the backstroke on Friday. On Saturday she was seventh fastest into the final, with a 1:30.24, seven seconds down on fastest qualifier Claire Cashmore of Great Britain.

Later in the morning an African record of 24.36 saw Charl Bouwer qualify fourth quickest in the men’s 50m free (S13) but another African record of 38.00 in the women’s 50m freestyle (S11) wasn’t enough to see Renette Bloem through to the finals. And Marike Naude (S13) brought up the rear in Heat Two of the women’s S13 50m free with a time of 32.07.

Out in Eton Dorney adaptive rower Sandra Khumalo progressed to the B-final of the women’s singles skulls event at the Paralympics on Saturday morning.

Rowing in repechage 1, she ended fourth in a time of 6:13.23, 28.45sec behind the leader.

And on the wheelchair basketball front, Patrick Fick’s men went down to their third defeat at the Games, copping a second 90-point loss, this time to the United States. They lost their opening game 93-39 to Australia, went down 74-50 to Spain on Friday and on Saturday went down 91-29 to the US.