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Rio 2016 : Kevin Paul reclaims gold in 100 breaststroke

by ZwemZa on September 9th, 2016
Kevin Paul (nutriteck)

Kevin Paul (nutriteck)

South Africa’s world champion Kevin Paul (1:04.86) was absolutely delighted with reclaiming his men’s 100m breaststroke SB9 gold from Beijing 2008, along with winning South Africa’s first medal of the Games.

“I was 17 in 2008; the times were a lot slower back then,” Paul said. “The level of swimming has improved so much. I was 17 and I came away with a gold but I don’t think I knew what it meant.

“Eight years later – I think it is to the day – I truly appreciate what it means and how much work goes in to getting it.”

Paul was nearly caught by Ukrainian silver medallist Denis Dubrov (1:05.10) in the dying stages but held on for the title. The Netherlands’ Duncan van Haaren (1:06.54), a youngster at just 16, completed the top three at his first Paralympics.

Thirteen world records in total were broken on day one, including eight in the finals.

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