Natalie du Toit continued her dominant form at the IPC World Swimming Championships, picking up her second gold medal on Monday evening.
The 22-year-old missed out on her second world record in the event by just 0.48secs, beating perennial silver medallist Stephanie Dixon and her Canadian team-mate Darda Geiger in the women’s S9 100 metres freestyle.
“The world records are my own records, so when I jump into the pool it’s a matter of bettering my own times. I just want to keep my times consistent and I’m happy about going under the 1min 02secs mark. I’m not too concerned about world records,” Du Toit explained.
The Capetonian, who holds five world records, clocked a time of 1min 01.56secs, as she cruised ahead of Dixon (1min 05.22secs) and Geiger (1min 07.03secs).
Handri de Beer was the other South African to compete in a final on Monday night. The 24-year-old, who won a bronze medal on Sunday, finished fifth in the women’s S12 100 metres butterfly.
Shareen Sapiro, winner of the S10 backstroke bronze on Sunday, Emile Gray and the South African relay team were also in action on Monday.
Sapiro finished 15th in the women’s S10 100 metres freestyle heat, while Gray ended 19th in the women’s S9 100 metres freestyle heat.
Meanwhile American Jessica Long has been the star of the show at the King’s Park Aquatic Centre. The 14-year-old has won five gold medals at the Championships thus far, three of them in world record time.