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Bouwer strokes his way into another Paralympic final

By Mark Etheridge in London

Gold medallist Charl Bouwer continued his titanic struggle with Belarus rival Ihar Boki in the Paralympic pool her on Monday morning.

Bouwer, who already has one gold and one silver medal at the Games, was in S13 100m backstroke action.

He won his heat in 1min 01.16sec only to see Boki swim a world record 58.19 in the second heat.

Monday night’s final looks to be a straight clash between the two, with third fastest qualifier Charalampos Taiganidis of Greece 0.79sec┬á slower than Bouwer in the heats.

Our only other swimmer in action on Monday was Renette Bloem but her 1min 40.61sec failed to see her through to the final of the SB11 100m breaststroke.

Just one South African was in athletics action where Duane Strydom ended eighth of 11 competitors in the F35/36 discus event. Strydom had a best throw of 35.64 as Germany’s Sebastian Dietz won with a 38.54m effort.

“It just didn’t go well today,” said 43-year-old Strydom who won bronze at the Athens Olympics and was fourth in Beijing.

“This is the first time that I’ve ended lower than fifth in my international career of 10 years now. My two warm-up throws felt good and then my second throw was great, it must have been around about 39m but it was a foul throw.”

In Greenwich our dressage riders Wendy Moller and Anthony Dawson ended ninth and 16th respectively. Riding First Lady Van Prins, Moller had a score of 69.900% and on Roffelaar Dawson, who turned 18 on Sunday, scored 63.450%.