Paralympics 2012

SA's Paul sets African record

2012-09-05 19:15
Kevin Paul (File)
Cape Town - Despite finishing seventh in the men's Paralympic 400m freestyle S10 final, South Africa's Kevin Paul still managed to set an African record on Wednesday evening.

Paul touched home in a time of 4:16.46 at the London Aquatics Centre. Ian Jaryd Silverman of the United States won gold in a new Paralympic time of 4:04.91.

Straight after the men's race, the women's 400m freestyle S10 final got under way with SA's Shireen Sapiro taking part. But she struggled, finishing last in a time of 5:01.30. France's Elodie Lorandi won gold in 4:34.55.

Sapiro couldn't improve on her 4:59.54 qualifying effort earlier in the day when she also set the African record.

After that South Africa's Tadhg Slattery finished fifth in the final of the men's 100m breastroke SB5 final. He finished in 1:39.16, more than five minutes behind gold medallist Woo-Geun Lim from the Republic of Korea. Lim's winning time of 1:34.06 is a new Asian record.

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