Natalie wows them big time

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

BEIJING - "What an amazing performance by Natalie du Toit!"

That was how journalists reacted to her victory when she scored a gold medal with a convincing win in the women's 200m individual medley SM9 here yesterday.

She won in the world record time of 2:27:83 and finished almost 10 seconds ahead of Stephanie Dixon of Canada. She also slashed her own record by more than two seconds.

The victory fortified her chances of a clean sweep in the Games after claiming golds in the 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly S9 events.

She remains the bookies' bet to swim away with another gold in the 400m freestyle today.

South Africa should also expect another gold from her in the 50m freestyle on Sunday. But she admitted that the 50m race would not be a bed of roses because she was not a sprinter.

Meanwhile, the unpredictable SA wheelchair basketball were beaten 60-58 by fellow strugglers Japan yesterday.

lNchabeleng is in Beijing as a guest of Sasol.