The coastal city of Durban will be hosting some of the top local talent when the second leg of the South African Swimming Grand Prix takes place from 5th to 7th February at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre. The 50m breaststroke will certainly be an interesting race as World Cup winner Cameron van der Burgh strives to hold onto the top spot when he competes against Ayrton Sweeney and Jarred Crous. The trio will also race in the 100 and 200m breaststroke events.
Expect a powerful Performance from Olympian Chad le Clos in the 50 and 200m butterfly, as well as the 50 and 200m freestyle races, while Douglas Erasmus will show off his skills in the 50 and 100m freestyle and the 50m butterfly. On the ladies side, 17 year-old Nathania Van Niekerk will be looking to make a splash when she takes to the water in the 50m butterfly as well as the 50, 100 and 200m backstroke races, with Karin Prinsloo presenting some tough competition in the backstroke events. Vanessa Mohr and Erin Gallagher will battle it out for the 50m freestyle title, while Mohr will also swim the 50 and 100m butterfly and Gallagher the 100m freestyle.
Rene Warnes, Jessica Ashley-Cooper, Nico Meyer and Matthew Meyer will also be among the talent on the hunt for medals in Durban. Swimming SA’s CEO, Shaun Adriaanse says: ‘The long term objective for the introduction of the South African Swimming Grand Prix is to provide increased high level local competition for our Senior, Youth and Junior athletes as part of our performance pathway, while in the short term, the events are a part of our preparation programme for the 2016 Olympic Games. Hopefully we will see improved performances from our athletes at the second leg in Durban and we wish all participating athletes good luck.’ The competition starts on Friday, 5th February with the heats session at 19:00 and the finals being held on the following day, Saturday at 12:00.
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