Nelson Mandela Museum Artifacts: Photograph of Penny Heyns.

Penny Heyns

Penny Heyns. Born 8 November 1974. 

Established herself as an international swimmer. She became world’s greatest female breaststroker of the 20thCentury by becoming the only woman in Olympics history to win both the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke events in Atlanta 1996, bronze in Sydney 2000 and by breaking a total of 14 individual world records during her career. 

Furthermore, Penny Heyns is still the only Breaststroke swimmer, male or female, in the history of swimming to break world records in all three possible long course distances, namely: the 50m, 100m and the 200m[1]

Her achievements brought her personal audiences with Nelson Mandela and catapulted her into the world of sporting celebrity.

[1] (Date Accessed: 30/05/2019)