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Wed Apr 23 12:34:01 SAST 2014

SA swimming legend terminally ill with cancer

Sapa | 15 August, 2012 09:540 Comments
Karen Muir, the 12 year old South African girl, swims in the pool after winning the 110 yards free-style title at the National Swimming Championships at Blackpool, Lancashire. She also won the Girl's 110 yards backstroke and the 220 yards free-style
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South African swimming legend Dr Karen Muir, 59, who smashed several world swimming records in 1965, has end stage breast cancer and has been told she only has a few months to live, it was reported on Tuesday.

Muir, originally from Kimberley, became the youngest person in the world to swim what was then the 110 metres backstroke (now 100m) in 1:08:7 on August 10 1965, Beeld reported.  

She broke the record, aged 12, at the amateur swimming federation’s national junior competition in Blackpool, England.

In the next five years, she established 15 new world records in the 110m and 220m backstroke.

In 1980, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Muir gave up swimming when she was in matric to focus on her studies. She later became a medical doctor and ran successful medical practices in South Africa and in Canada. 

According to Beeld, Muir had been battling breast cancer since 2009, and had been told by her doctors that the cancer had spread to other parts of her body.

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