Natalie du Toit was in unstoppable form again in Durban on Tuesday night, claiming her third gold medal in world record time at the 4th IPC World Swimming Championships.
The Capetonian, swimming in the women’s S9 200 metres individual medley, breezed past her great rival Stephanie Dixon of Canada and Spaniard Sarai Gason.
“It’s a great feeling! This race brings back great memories because I used to swim it before I had my accident,” an emotional Du Toit explained.
“It brought back memories of the days when I just missed out on the Olympics. I felt really good, like the days when I had two arms and two legs.”
The 22-year-old, who won gold in the 100 metres butterfly on Saturday and then in the 100 metres freestyle on Monday, clocked a time of 2mins 29.92secs to speed away from Dixon (2mins 41.37secs) and Gason (2mins 44.61secs).
Her coach Theo Verster was also excited about her third gold medal, and second world record, at this Championships: “She’s been very relaxed the whole week and I knew we would see sparks fly tonight. The 200 metres is her food and drink.”
Du Toit swims in the women’s S9 400 metres freestyle on Wednesday, the 50 metres freestyle on Thursday and then finishes her programme with the five kilometres open water swim on Friday at the Hazelmere Dam.
Shareen Sapiro was the other South African competing in Tuesday evening’s finals. The 15-year-old, swimming in the women’s S10 200 metres individual medley, was disqualified for a technical breach during her breastroke leg.
South Africa have now won seven medals at this year’s Championships – three gold, one silver and three bronze.
The Championships finish on Friday.
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