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Herbst heads home from IPC European Championships with another medal
- Updated: May 9, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Paralympic bronze medallist swimmer Hendri Herbst wrapped up his IPC European swimming championships with a silver medal at the weekend.
Swimming his final event, the 100 metre freestyle in Funchal, Portugal, Herbst came second with a time of 1min 01.17sec. That was 1.45sec behind Brazilian winner Matheus Sousa (59.72).
In the morning heats he went 1:00.34 for the win.
‘In the morning heats I had a solid swim and the time was also good,’ Herbst told Road to Rio 2016 before heading homewards. ‘I swam straight for probably about 90% of the time but in the finals I was slightly slower with a few more hiccups and also not the best turn.
‘But I still ended up silver. Slightly disappointed with the time but hey, you win some lose some, and on the day the other guy just had the better swim.’
Now he’ll head home to rebuild at his Stellenbosch base. ‘There are quite a few things I’ve identified that I need to work on with a big focus for the next three months.
‘No excuses but I didn’t feel great for the final, slightly heavy in the water but that’s not surprising after all the racing this last month.’
Before Portugal, Herbst had competed in the Rio Test event in Brazil.