1992 -


With the end of the sports boycott in 1992, South African swimmers were again welcomed into international competition. It did not take them long to make an impact. While the 1992 Olympic Games did not produce any medals, Peter Williams did make a final, finishing 4th, and Marianne Kriel also made a B-Final.

By 1996 the situation had changed completely, with Penny Heyns  - sporting a Springbok tatoo won two gold medals and set a string up new world records, as well as being voted the International Female Swimmer of the Year, and Marianne took bronze in the 100 bckstroke.


Penny Heyns

She re-established South Africa's reputation as a swimming power. She broke her first world record, the 100 m breaststroke, in Durban in March 1996, and later that year won both breaststroke events at the Atlanta Olympic Games. She was also voted Female swimmer of the Year for 1996 and 1999. She set a total of 14 world records before retiring in 2001.

Marianne Kriel

Coached by coach Clara Aurik in Cape town, Hoërskool Bellville schoolgirl and SMU grauate Marianne won the bronze medal in 100m backstroke at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. 

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Sarah Poewe

Before emigrating to Germany in 2002, Capetonian Sarah was coached by Karoly von Torros to two gold medals at the nbsp;2000 FINA World Championships. In 2004 she won a bronze medal at the Sydney Olympic Games

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Brendon Dedekind

A product of Pietermaritzburg College, Seals SC and Florida State University, Brendon was the first South African male swimmer to win an international medal - two silver medals at the 2000 FINA World Championships.

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Terence Parkin

He won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the 200 metres breaststroke - the first South African male swimmer to win an Olympic medal. Terence is deaf, and uses strobe light signals to know when to start swimming.

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