Swimmer Of The Year

Amazing Heyns Betters 11 World Records


Nick J. Thierry

DURBAN - Penny Heyns, RSA, bettered two more world records at the Seagulls Gala in Kings Park 25 m pool in Durban, during the weekend of Sep. 24-26.

Her time in 100 breast of 1:05.40 (31.13 split) bettered her own former record of 1:05.57 from September 5. Later she swam a solo time trial in the 50 breast, and her time of 30.60 bettered the existing record of 30.77 by Han Xue, CHN from 1997.

This is the 10th consecutive week for a record swim by Heyns, an amazing feat in itself in a sport where peak performance is done at the year's top competition.

She started on July 17-18 with four long course world marks, adding four more at the Pan Pacific Championships during the last week of August in Sydney, Australia.

She bettered the short course world mark in the 100 breast at the National Championships in Johannesburg on September 5.

Her season total stands at 11 and her career total is 14.