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Du Toit into her second swimming final at 2012 Games

Already a gold medallist Natalie du Toit moved into her second final of the 2012 Paralympics in London on Friday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Du Toit won gold in the S9 100-metre butterfly on Thursday evening and ended second in her heat in the 100m backstroke.

This event is certainly not one of the favourites (she’s swimming an incredible seven races in London) but her 1min 12.52sec was still good enough to see her third fastest qualifier behind Australia’s Ellie Cole and Great Britain’s Stephane Millward.

Joining Du Toit in the final was young Emily Gray who was seventh of eight qualifiers in 1:15.59. And Beijing gold medallist Charl Bouwer went through in the 100m butterfly (S13) with the fifth fastest qualifier (59.03, an African record).

Going through in the men’s 100m freestyle (S11) was young Hendri Herbst, whose 59.64 was third fastest. He also won his heat.

A finalist in the 200m Individual Medley on Thursday night where he ended just outside the medals, Kevin Paul swam another African record in the 50m freestyle heats (S10) but it wasn’t quick enough for the final. His speciality event, the 100m breaststroke comes later in the competition.

Still in the pool an African record of 30.87sec in the S10 50m freestyle wasn’t enough to see Shireen Sapiro through to the final. Renette Bloem also swam an African record of 1:25.72 in the S11 100m free, not quick enough for the final.

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