Disabled swimmer Kevin Paul, smashed his world record in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:22:27. Paul says: ‘Last year I moved from PE to Durban to join SA national coach Graham Hill and I have been really happy with how well my times have improved. My goal was to achieve my QT for Para Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year in July which I did. Now my goal is to keep improving my training and be ready for Rio 2016.’ The star of the 2015 South African National Championships is undoubtedly Myles Brown who won his fourth title on Friday.
Brown won the 100m freestyle final after he won the 200m and 400m earlier this week – the latter two in new national-record times. He clocked 49.95 seconds, missing the World Championships qualifying time by under a second, followed by Clayton Jimmie in 50.45 seconds and Caydon Muller bagging bronze in a time of 50.66. Brown says: ‘I was feeling really good in the heats and it’s always nice to win all full sets of my events. It’s my first time to win this race.’
The 22-year-old boasts three qualifying times for the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia in August. World record holder Cameron Van Der Burgh was set to complete a golden trio in the breaststroke. On Friday he attained the qualifying standard in the 200 metre breaststroke in a time of 2:11.37 to add to that of the 100m breaststroke.
He has so far claimed the 50m and 100m titles and will be looking to complete the golden treble in Saturday’s 200m final. Although Van Der Burgh said he felt slightly out of his depth in the 200m breaststroke, he demonstrated that he could make the leap to the longer distance. Meanwhile, Chad Le Clos qualified for his third individual event by winning the 200m Individual Medley in a time of 1:58.97.
He was followed by Michael Meyer in 2:02.33 and Jarryd Baxter with 2:05.39. This was Le Clos’ third medal at the championships after winning the 200m butterfly and silver in the 200m freestyle. Gerhard Zandberg won the men’s 50m backstroke in a time of 25.39 seconds with Ricky Ellis and Michael Andrew following in times of 25.86 and 26.04 respectively.
In the women’s 50m backstroke final Mariella Venter was crowned champion as she touched first in 29.08 seconds with Jessica Ashley-Cooper finishing second in 29.38 seconds and Rita Naude third with 30.07 sec. Michelle Weber beat Caitlin Kat to the wall in the 800m freestyle in a time of 8:53.35. Kat was short on her heels clocking 8:53.88 with Charlise Oberholzer in third in 8:58.14.
The women’s 200m butterfly belonged to Rene Warnes posting a time of 2:14.49 with Tarryn Els touching in second place 2:17.76 and Carmen Le Roux in third with 2:19.27. In the women’s 200m backstroke it was Central Gauteng swimmer Nathania Van Niekerk to bag the gold medal clocking 2:12.95 to beat Northern Tigers swimmer Karin Prinsloo who took the silver medal in 2:13.12 and bagging the bronze medal was Zanre Oberholzer clocking 2:17.90.
2015 FINA World Championships Qualifiers:
Myles Brown – 200m, 400m & 800m freestyle
Cameron Van Der Burgh – 100m & 200m breaststroke
Chad Le Clos – 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly & 200m Individual Medley Sebastien Rousseau – 200m butterfly
2015 IPC World Championships Qualifiers (Glasgow, Scotland 13 -19 July 2015) Women:
Johann Van Heerden
Hendrik Van Der Merwe
The final day of the swimming championships morning heats will start at 09:30 and finals at 18:00.