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Paul powers into final at IPC Swimming World Championships

Tollcross for IPC Swimming World Championships

By Mark Etheridge

Early second-day action at the IPC Swimming World Championships saw Kevin Paul as the only South African to go through to evening finals in Glasgow, Scotland.
Paul was swimming the 200m Individual Medley (SM10 classification) and came second in the second of two heats at the Tollcross Swimming Centre (pictured above), the same used at last years Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
Canada’s Benoit Huot won the heat in 2min 15.60sec with Paul 0.70sec adrift at the wall.
Paul’s heat was the fastest of the two and he will go into the evening final as fourth fastest qualifier and be pushing for a medal.
Meanwhile earlier events saw Hendrik van der Merwe failing to go through to the final of the men’s SB5 100-metre breaststroke.
He took sixth spot in a time of 1min 49.11sec as Sweden’s Karl Forsman won the first of two heats in a championship record 1:33:24. Twenty-five-year-old Van der Merwe went through halfway in fifth but was passed in the final length.
Moving on to the women’s S9 100m freestyle and it was Emily Gray who took seventh in the first of two heats. Her time was 1:02.99 behind British winner Ellie Cole (1:03.20).
Retired South African para-swimming legend Natalie du Toit still holds the record of 1:08.08 in this classification, having set that time in Manchester seven years ago.
Gray’s time wasn’t enough to see her through to the evening final but her main event, the 400m free, is still coming later in the championships.

The SA team’s participation at IPC World Championships is made possible by: SRSA, NLDTF, Nedbank, SASOL and 361º

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