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Magnificent Natalie makes it a night to remember in the pool

02 August 2002

South Africa’s Natalie du Toit completed a memorable day by taking gold in the women’s EAD 100m freestyle multi-disability final.

Natalie du Toit

Natalie du Toit: memorable Commonwealth Games

Canada’s Stephanie Dixon took the silver with team-mate Kirby Cote finishing third to take an impressive bronze.

Du Toit has been one of the heroines of the Games and collected her medal just minutes before appearing in the able-bodied women’s 800m freestyle final, making her the first athlete to appear in both an EAD and able-bodied event.

After the race Du Toit didn't comment as she had the 800m to prepare for, but silver medallist Stephanie Dixon said:

“This is the first time EAD has been fully integrated, and I’m so proud to be part of history. There is so much more to come from the sport, and I hope to help it on its way.

“I beat my best, but the other girl beat it by more. I was happy with a PB – I died a bit at the end because I went for it from the beginning.

“Racing against Natalie is amazing. This sport is still developing. I’m one of the best out of so many and not so few – she keeps raising the bar and she spurs us all along and brings out the best in me," she concluded.

1: Natalie Du Toit (RSA)
2: Stephanie Dixon (CAN)
3: Kirby Cote (CAN)

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