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Sport Swimming
NOC South Africa   
Born12 Aug 1995 in Johannesburg, RSA
Height1.84 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
United States
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Accounting, Finance - University of Tennessee: Knoxville, TN, USA
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
He had coordination problems as a child, and his mother was advised that he take up swimming or judo. "My mum was told that swimming or judo would help me to overcome the problem. Because she could not stand the thought of her little boy being thrown around on some mat, she decided that I should rather take up swimming."
Name of coach
Graham Hill [national], RSA
General Interest
Rhino [given to him by a coach as it sounds like his name]. (The Shakedown with John Mason YouTube channel, 28 Sep 2018)
Wakeboarding, golf, baking. (Instagram profile, 06 May 2019; letabaherald.co.za, 30 May 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games with his performance at the 2019 South African Championships in Durban, South Africa. (teamsa.co.za, 12 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents, his coaches, and his friends. (teamsa.co.za, 12 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. (swimhistory.co.za, 01 Jan 2018)
In December 2020 he injured his shoulder during a butterfly turn, ruling him out for several weeks. (Instagram profile, 22 Dec 2020)

Illness affected him at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (digitaljournal.com, 01 Dec 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I listen to EDM, house or rock music. It gets me in a good flow and has both a mellow feel in some songs to calm my energy down and focus and EDM or rock when I need to boost my energy and get a little hype." (teamsa.co.za, 12 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Definitely try and find a way to make it work. There will be a lot of times when it doesn't look good or it feels like you are not going in the right direction. You need to sit down and be self-aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and you need to keep going forward. Success is finding ways to get better. I am just trying to do the job better than I did yesterday." (digitaljournal.com, 01 Dec 2019)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 53.46
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Butterfly 24.13
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Butterfly 22.88
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Butterfly 51.65
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:24.14
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
36 2018   Overall Ranking  
8 2018 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 51.54
5 2018 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 22.73
2 2018 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 52.20
7 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 22.84
6 2018 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 50.76
3 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 23.54
6 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Butterfly 51.52
7 2018 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly 22.99
8 2018 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.47
7 2018 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 22.66
4 2018 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 52.10
5 2018 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 49.88
5 2018 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 23.45