Blast from the past: Parkin makes a splash for SA men


Blast from the past: Parkin makes a splash for SA men


Today in SA sports history: September 20
2000 — Deaf swimmer Terence Parkin becomes the first South African man to win an Olympic medal in the pool as he takes silver in the 200m breaststroke at the Sydney Games. Zimbabwe-born Parkin staged a dramatic fightback in the second half of the race, powering up the field after lying seventh at the halfway mark. At that stage no fewer than 12 SA women had won Olympic swimming medals in individual and relay races. Parkin ushered in a successful era of  millennium men for SA, being followed to the podium by Roland Schoeman and Ryk Neethling in 2004, and Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos in 2012. Parkin happens to share the same birthday, April 12, as Le Clos, both trained under coach Graham Hill in Pinetown outside Durban and both won their first Olympic medals at the age of 20.

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