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De Villiers adds another medal to SA tally in US
- Updated: August 21, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Peggy de Villiers now has a full house of medals after the fourth day of the World Deaf Swimming Championships in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday.
After winning gold and bronze earlier in the championships, the US based swimmer, pictured second from left above, picked up silver in the 100-metre freestyle.
She clocked 59.05sec as Russia’s Maria Karpova touched first in 58.45sec.
Said team manager Tadgh Slattery: ‘Peggy swam a bit too fast in the first 50m. She tried to keep up her rhythm but in the last 15m the Russian caught her. Peggy tried hard to catch up again but the Russian was just too good in the end.
Friday morning’s heats see Mark Roach a busy man as he goes off in the 200m Individual Medley and 50m freestyle.
Roach, pictured far left in the above picture, revealed some more about his sporting life. ‘I could probably swim before I could walk as I started swimming at a very young age,’ he told Road to Rio 2016. ‘It’s just always been a part of my life. Being profoundly deaf and blind in one eye never changed my mindset on swimming and it’s qualities. Swimming has always been my escape from the real world, its the only place where I can unwind the cobwebs and practice the sport I truly have a passion for.’
A Grade 12 pupil at Merrifield College in East London, Roach has swum for SA three times already, the first time in Portugal when he was just 14 and then next in Bulgaria at the 2013 Deaflympics.
‘I cam to this gala with the goal of making a final, which I did in my second race, the 50m backstroke. My team, family and friends have all significantly influenced my swimming career and without them I doubt I would’ve made it this far.’