Penelope ("Penny") Heyns
(born 8 November 1974) is a South African swimmer
, who is best known for being the only woman in the history of the Olympic Games
to have won both the 100 m and 200 m breaststroke
events - at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games
- making her South Africa's first post-apartheid
Olympic gold medallist following South Africa's re-admission to the Games in 1992. Along with Australian champion, Leisel Jones
, Heyns is regarded as one of the greatest breaststroke swimmers.
Heyns was the youngest member of the South African Olympic team at the 1992 Summer Olympics
. She was also a member of the South African squad at the 1994 Commonwealth Games
, where she won a bronze medal in the 200 m breaststroke event.
She broke her first world record, the 100 m breaststroke, in Durban
in March 1996. Heyns was again part of the South African Olympic team in Atlanta in 1996, where she won the gold medal for the 100 m breaststroke (also breaking the world record for the event) as well as the gold medal for the 200 m breaststroke (also breaking the Olympic record for the event). This made her the only woman in the history of the Olympic Games to have won both the 100 m and 200 m breaststroke events.
During the 1998 Goodwill Games
in New York, Heyns set the 50 m breaststroke world record.
In 1999, Heyns set a spate of eleven world records in three months, swimming at events on three different continents. This made her the simultaneous holder... Read More