There’s no stopping Kevin Paul! Already the owner of the world record in all breaststroke races in the SM 10 category, on Thursday the law student smashed the 400-metre individual medley swimming world record on his first attempt at the German Championships in Berlin.
The Paralympic gold medallist in the 100m breaststroke touched the wall in 4:53.23 ÔÇô taking two seconds off the previous record of 4:56.24 which stood behind the name of Canada’s Benoit Huot.
According to his father, Mervyn, Kevin’s coach had said the Paralympian had something special up his sleeve after looking at his training times. ÔÇ£This is about the eighth world record Kevin has set in the last 18 months, but they were all in the various breaststroke distances. Brian Elliot (his coach), though was very optimistic about Kevin’s swimming and so they tried the 400m individual medley and it was a world record.ÔÇØ
Paul is competing at the German Championships until Sunday, 20 June. His performance caught the eye of the German national team and they invited him to stay a further three days (Monday 21 June to Wednesday 23 June) for scientific testing.
ÔÇ£Swimming South Africa’s High Performance Manager Rushdee Warley helped us to get Kevin to Germany through the SASCOC OPEX programmeÔÇØ, said Mervyn. ÔÇ£We are greatly indebted to both Swimming SA and SASCOC for their efforts in helping us with Kevin. Without them he would now not be competing in Germany.ÔÇØ
Kevin is hard in training for the World Championships in the Netherlands in August.