SA swim team grab 22 medals
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.