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Peggy ends World Deaf Swimming Champs with another gold for SA
- Updated: August 23, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
South Africa picked up a third gold medal on the final evening of the World Deaf Swimming Championships in San Antonio on Saturday.
That brought their medals tally to eight for the championships with Peggy de Villiers the star of the show with two golds a silver and a bronze.
Her final gold came in the 100-metre butterfly and was made all the more memorable by a Deaf World Record of 1min 03.69sec.
There was more joy for South Africa as Cornell Loubser took bronze in a personal best 1:05.64.
South African swimmers won three gold, two silvers and three bronze medals. They set three championship records, made 11 finals and had 14 personal times.
Said team manager and Paralympic veteran Tadgh Slatter: ‘What an exciting racing the 100m Fly for women was. Peggy had a brilliant swam. She lead all the way from start to finish. Her mind was very focused after she scratched from her 50m backstroke race. She was just so happy ad ran up to her dad Almero for a big hug.
‘Cornell also swam well. She was fourth in the first 50m and tried very hard to catch up the Russian swimmer. About 15m from the end she fought so hard to finish. She ended the championships with 5 personal best times.
‘Today was the last day. What an experience and just so enjoyable. San Antonio swimming pool was massive and awesome. The complex has not one but four swimming pools.
‘The organising committee did a great job now we have to plan towards the next World Deaf Swimming Championships, maybe in Japan.
‘Before then it’s the World Deaf Swimming Championships short course championships next year (venue still be announced), the 2017 Deaflympics in Samsun Turkey.
‘Thanx for the National Lottery Trust Distribution Fund for sponsoring us, thank-you Swimming SA for the beautiful kits and thank you to the SA people for getting behind us.’