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Paul’s second IPC final in Glasgow, now for the main event

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By Mark Etheridge

Two-time Paralympian Kevin Paul took sixth spot in the final of the SB10 200-metre Individual Medley in the second day of action at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday night.
It was Paul’s second event of the championships having swum the S10 freestyle final on Monday evening. Tuesday saw him clocking 2min 15.73sec. That was 3.79sec behind race winner Denys Dubrov of the Ukraine and comfortably within the 2016 Rio Paralympics qualifying parameters.
Paul’s big moment of the championships comes on Wednesday when he defends his 100m breaststroke title.
Also in action will be the team’s only medal winner thus far, Hendri Herbst in the S11 100m backstroke, while Paul will be joined by Gert van Heerden in the SB9 100m breaststroke.
Challis Wright goes off in the S5200m freestyle while the only women in action is Adri Visser in the S5 200m freestyle.
Herbst, who won bronze in the 100m free on the opening evening of the championships, is not ruling out the chance of another one before the championships are done.
‘Today is the 100m backstroke and I’ve got 50m free on Friday,’ he told Road to Rio 2016. In the backstroke it’s very close between me and the third ranked person and I’m going to give my all to see I can’t catch him.
‘In the 50m I’m lying fourth but it’s anyone’s race.’
Herbst says Monday’s swim was his best since Para Pan Pacifics last year and coach Karin Hugo had changed a few things since medalling at the London Paralympics. ‘We changed my technique a bit and have also adapted my swimming programme and it has taken a bit of time to kick in. We’re now beginning to see the effect of the changes and what works and what doesn’t. But there’s still a lot of work before Rio next year but we know what to focus on.’
Out of the pool Herbst completed his BA degree in socio-informatics and is now into the second year of an LLB degree.

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

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