Natalie du Toit continued her relentless form at the IPC World Swimming Championships on Wednesday evening, winning her fourth gold medal at the King’s Park Aquatic Centre.
Swimming in the women’s S9 400 metres freestyle, the 22-year-old beat rival Stephanie Dixon for the fourth time this week, missing out on her own world record by just four seconds.
The South African won the race in a time of 4mins 27.76secs, a full 18.55 seconds ahead of Canadian Dixon (4mins 45.21) and her team-mate Darda Geiger (4mins 53.53secs).
“I’m very happy with my race. It was the fastest swim I’ve ever done in a disabled 400 metres freestyle. My 4mins 23.96secs was done competing with able-bodied swimmers, so I’m happy with the achievement,” Du Toit explained.
“I’m a little bit stiff and it’s becoming a long week, but I’m still motivated and enjoying it,” she added.
Du Toit still has two events to race this week. She will be looking for her fifth gold medal at these Championships in the women’s S9 50 metres freestyle on Thursday and then she competes in the five-kilometre open water swim on Friday at the Hazelmere Dam.
Meanwhile 14-year-old Jessica Long continues to be the star attraction, together with Du Toit, at this year’s Championships.
The American, who was adopted from Russia as a 13-month old baby, has won an astonishing eight gold medals.
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