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SA runner finishes what he started after saving woman from Thames

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SA runner finishes what he started after saving woman from Thames

He is commemorating his rescue of drowning woman, an act of bravery that got him up close and personal with royalty

Hendrik Hancke

Paul Roos Gimnasium old boy and Stellenbosch University alumnus Brandon Visser last week intended to finish a running route in London he abandoned exactly a year ago to save a woman from drowning in the River Thames.

On Friday, the 32-year-old recalled the day he saved an unknown woman’s life, an event that left the runner on crutches for many months.

“I was preparing for a marathon and planned on doing a 30km run that day when I noticed the commotion near London Bridge. I had done about 16km at the time, so I was quite tired. When I came closer I saw a woman struggling in the river and a lot of people gawking from the shore,” says Visser, who received a medal from a British charity, the Royal Humane Society, for his act of bravery...

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