SA swim team grab 22 medals

The Witness - - CLASSIFIEDS / SPORT -

THE youth­ful South African swim­ming team had 22 medals in the bag af­ter the third day of the 13th Cana Africa Swim­ming and Open Wa­ter Cham­pi­onship last night.

Their tally com­prised seven gold, 10 sil­ver and five bronze medals. Only Egypt could boast a big­ger to­tal yes­ter­day, with 24 medals, while Al­ge­ria was third with 11 medals.

In the 50 m breast­stroke, Lara van Niek­erk came out on top with a new cham­pi­onship record time of 31,99, shed­ding just un­der a sec­ond from the 32,58 record held by Kay­lene Cor­bett. SA’s Jade Si­mons took bronze, fin­ish­ing in 33,10, while sil­ver went to Zam­bia’s Tilka Paljk in 32,15.

Jes­sica Whe­lan bagged yet an­other sil­ver medal, this time in the 400 m freestyle, clock­ing 4:23,76, while Egypt’s Ha­nia Moro won the gold in 4:21,76 and Al­ge­ria’s Ch­er­ouati Nafissa won the bronze in 4:24,42.

Next was Han­nah Kiely in the 100 m back­stroke, win­ning a sil­ver medal for South Africa in 1:04,53, be­hind Egypt’s Samiha Mohsen in 1:04,19 and ahead of Mau­ri­tius’s Fahsi Hiba in 1:05,98.

Kiely was also a part of the 4x100 m freestyle re­lay team that won the gold in 3:52,63 with the help of team-mates Erin Gal­lagher, Janie Coet­zer and Les­ley Blig­naut.

In a closely con­tested 200 m back­stroke, Jacques van Wyk fin­ished with a sil­ver medal in 2:05,76, while the gold was claimed by Al­ge­ria’s M. Bouhamidi in 2:05,13 and bronze by Egypt’s Mo­hamed Samy in 2:06,88.

Ayr­ton Sweeney, Alaric Bas­son, Ruan Breyten­bach and Alard Bas­son fin­ished off the evening with a bronze medal in the 4x200 m freestyle re­lay, clock­ing a time of 7:38,19 be­hind Egypt in 7:28,10 and Tu­nisia in 7:31,55.

— SSA.

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