GEORGE NEWS - The teenage champion swimmer with the lion heart, Minke Janse van Rensburg (13), competed against 53 swimmers from all over the world at the Down Syndrome World Swimming Championship in Truro, Canada last weekend.
She emerged as the bronze medallist in the 50m freestyle.
Though the youngest participant at the championship, she was beaten only by two swimmers - aged 29 and 26.
Her excitement about her bronze medal took second place to her heat qualifying time, which earned her the new Down Syndrome junior Africa and world records.
On Sunday she swam the 25m butterfly and against fierce competition, improved her personal best time by more than 4 seconds. Although seeded 7th, Minke was only beaten by the 16-year-old French super-athlete Cleo Renou.
Both swimmers broke the world record and Minke's time of 22,58 seconds earned her a silver medal and a new Down Syndrome junior Africa record.
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