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Loubser swims to Deaflympics silver for SA


By Mark Etheridge

South Africa have won their first medal of the 2017 Deaflympic Games in Samsun, Turkey.

That came courtesy of Cornell Loubser in the 100-metre butterfly final as the Potchefstroom based swimmer sealed silver.

She swam a personal best 1min 04.75 to boot, in a close race won by her Russian competitor Alena Aleeva.

An emotional Loubser, who celebrates her 23rd birthday next week, dedicated the medal to her late dad, who passed away with cancer earlier this year.

She said from Turkey: ‘As I stood behind the block I also said that this race isn’t just going to be a race for getting the best time, but also a race in honour of my dad.

‘During my race I kept pushing myself, telling myself how hard I’ve been working to get here and to take a medal. All those early morning training and afternoon training and being in the gym is worth it.

‘As I touched the wall and saw my time, I was so amazed and started crying because I now know my hard work is paying off and that my dad has been with me all the way.

‘Last but not least, I want to thank all of my family and friends, my hostel at the university and Pukke Swimming for keeping me in their prayers and standing right behind me.

‘Thank you to South Africa who has been rooting for us back here in Turkey, Samsun. Me and the rest of the team do appreciate your support.’