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Kevin cruises into IPC 100m breaststroke final in Scotland
- Updated: July 15, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Paralympian ace Kevin Paul raced through to the final of the SB9 men’s 100-metre breaststroke final at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
Swimming in the second and final heat, Paul set a championships record of 1min 05.42sec to beat Australia’s Richard Pendleton by almost five seconds.
That sees him qualifying as comfortably the quickest into the evening final, almost four seconds clear of the next fastest, Russia’s Aleksei Bugaenko and meaning that South Africa have a great chance of celebrating their first gold medal of the championships later in the day.
Joining him in the final is Gert van Heerden, whose 1:12.58 as seventh fastest qualifier after the 19-year-old had taken fourth in the first heat.
Earlier, an African record had seen London Paralympian Hendri Herbst sail into the final of the S11backstroke.
Herbst ended second in the second heat as Ukraine’s Dmytro Zalevskyy won in 1:12.98. Herbst clocked 1:14.81. With the first heat also going Ukraine’s way (to Viktor Smyrnov show as 0.02sec faster than his countryman) it means Herbst is third fastest qualifier into Wednesday night’s final.
Next fastest is Poland’s Wojciec Makowski on 1:15.00 so Herbst has a good chance at adding another bronze medal to the one he won for the SA team on Monday (in the freestyle).
In other morning action Adri Visser placed seventh (3:51.50) in her S5 200m freestyle heat, won by Norway’s Sarah Rung in 2:55.96. That wasn’t quick enough to send her through to the evening final.
Challis Wright was the only other South African in morning action and he placed eighth in the second heat of the men’s 200m freestyle (S5 category). His heat was won in a world record 1:56.27 by Russia’s Viacheslav Emeliantseve. Wright’s time wasn’t enough to make the starting eight in the evening final.
The SA team’s participation at IPC World Championships is made possible by: SRSA, NLDTF, Nedbank, SASOL and 361º