South African teen with Down Syndrome breaks junior African swimming record

South African teen with Down Syndrome breaks junior African swimming record

A 13-year old girl from George in the Southern Cape made South Africans proud after she broke a world record at the Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships in Truro, Canada.

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Minke Janse van Rensburg came second in the butterfly race, and both she and the winner broke world records in the race.

However, because Janse van Rensburg was the youngest in the race, her 22,58 seconds time earned her the title of the new Down Syndrome Junior Africa recordholder, GoodThingsGuy reported.

Janse van Rensburg also received a bronze medal after coming third behind a 29- and a 26-year old from Mexico in the freestyle event.

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Briefly.co.za learned her swimming coach Sybeth Hughes explained the two new medals would be added to several gold and silver ones she won a recent national swim championship.

Her outstanding performance was shared on social media in the form of a video, which had been taken by Art Hiebert and South Africans praised the young girl for her achievements.

Beverley Coetzee wrote, “Well done Minke. Very proud of you.”

Another social media user added, “Andiah Myburgh Good job, Minke!!! Proud of you!”

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