Na­tional records bro­ken at Mat Short Course gala

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

PEN­GUINS Swim­ming Club’s De­nil­son Cypri­anos and Liam O’Hara from Fal­cons broke five na­tional records at the Mata­bele­land Short Course gala held at Hill­side Teach­ers’ Col­lege on Sun­day.

Cypri­anos set new na­tional records for the boys’ 14 years and un­der di­vi­sion 800M freestyle, 200M back­stroke and 50M back­stroke.

In the 50M back­stroke, Cypri­anos beat the 31.85 sec­onds record held by P Wet­zlar to set a new one of 31.55s.

He went on to beat J Klop­pers’ two min­utes 30.48 sec­onds na­tional back­stroke record with his two min­utes 30.48 sec­onds.

Cypri­anos, a mem­ber of the ju­nior na­tional teams, capped his af­ter­noon with a new 800M freestyle record in a time of nine min­utes 51.20s. The pre­vi­ous record stood at 10 min­utes 22.26s.

O’Hara, who com­peted in the 15-16 years age group, broke the na­tional 200M breast­stroke, which stood at two min­utes 28.49s with his time of two min­utes 26.41s.

The 15-year-old Fal­cons swim­mer set a new na­tional 800M back­stroke record with a time of nine min­utes 37.99s. The pre­vi­ous record stood at 10 min­utes 04.19s.

Nokuthula Cypri­anos, chair­per­son of the Mata­bele­land Am­a­teur Swim­ming Board, said swim­mers also broke Mata­bele­land records, which they are still ver­i­fy­ing.

“It is good to see this crop of swim­mers do­ing won­ders by break­ing records. We ap­plaud the clubs and train­ers of these swim­mers who are re­ally do­ing a won­der­ful job. Besides na­tional records fall­ing, we also had swim­mers break­ing Mata­bele­land records. Our next event is Gala Five to be held at City Pool on Novem­ber 11,” said Nokuthula — @ZililoR.

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