Mexico City 2017: Hendri Herbst vs. Keiichi Kimura14.09.2017
They will face-off in the men's 50m and 100m freestyle S11 at the World Championships.
Hendri Herbst will need to perform at his very best at the Mexico City 2017 World Championships, from 30 September-6 October, as he seeks to win his maiden title against four-time world champion Keiichi Kimura.
At Rio 2016, Kimura claimed silver in the 50m and bronze in the 100m, while Herbst ended sixth and fourth, respectively. USA's Bradley Snyder took gold in both races. But since he will not be competing at Mexico City 2017, Herbst and Kimura emerge as strong contenders for the top spot.
At the latest edition of the Worlds in Glasgow, Great Britain, the South African sealed two bronzes in the aforementioned events and Kimura won silver in the 50m.
Head to Head
Herbst: Nationality: South Africa. Age: 25
Kimura: Nationality: Japan. Age: 27
Herbst: Games: 2 (2012, 2016)
Medals: 1 (1 bronze)
Kimura: Games: 3 (2008, 2012, 2016)
Medals: 6 (3 silvers, 3 bronze)
Herbst: Championships: 3 (2010, 2013, 2015)
Medals: 4 (1 silver, 3 bronze)
Kimura: Championships: 3 (2010, 2013, 2015)
Medals: 13 (4 golds, 3 silvers, 6 bronze)
DID YOU KNOW?
Herbst: Says he has always been “a water-loving child. Though it [swimming] is difficult, I see it as a challenge rather than a difficulty.”
Kimura: Was Japan´s flagbearer at the London 2012 Paralympic Games
More information can be found on Mexico City 2017’s website.