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Five through to IPC finals

Five more South African swimmers went through to the finals of their respective events at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands on Tuesday.

Paralympic aces Natalie Du Toit and Kevin Paul both won their heats. Du Toit who has already picked up three medals at the event, won her 100m freestyle (S9 category) heat in 1min 03.42sec.

Paul won the men’s SB9 100m breaststroke heat in 1:09.58. He also swam the 100m freestyle (S10) but placed 16th in 59.07 and failed to make the final.

Others to move through to Tuesday night’s finals were Sarah Shannon, Beth Nothling and Charl Bouwer.

Shannon was seventh (1:18.41) in her S3 50m freestyle heat, Nothling was also seventh in the S5 50m backstroke heat (53.18) and Bouwer was third in the 100m butterfly heat (S13) as he clocked 1:00.76.

It was also a personal best time for Bouwer.

A total of 12 swimmers were in action for South Africa. Despite not going through to the finals of their events there were personal best times for Yvonne Smith (1:32.98 in the S14 100m backstroke) and Sibusiso Mogale who finished the S6 100m backstroke in 1:43.00.

Results of other SA swimmers who competed in Tuesday morning’s heats:
Renette Bloem (S11) 100m Freestyle 1:27.31 (11th)
Challis Wright (S14) 100m Backstroke 1:12.08 (13th)
Craig Groenwald (S14) 100m Backstroke 1:10.72 (12th)
Achmat Hassiem (S10) 100m Freestyle 58.17 (15th)
Shireen Sapiro (S10) 100m Freestyle 1:08.41 (14th)