With seven medals (three gold, three silver and one bronze) out of six races, the fourth day of the aquatics programme at the 11th African Games in Brazzaville concluded on a high note for the South African swimming team. In the 100 metres breaststroke, it was Pretoria’s Tatjana Schoenmaker who came out tops in 1:09.47, just under two seconds ahead of Egypt’s Maii Atif in 1:11.07 and Namibia’s Daniela Lindemeier in 1:11.31. Ayrton Sweeney’s quick start won him the gold in the 200m breaststroke in 2:14.41 with the silver going to Tunisia’s Wassim Elloumi in 2:17.80 and the bronze to Egypt’s Yossif Elkamash in 2:19.03.
In the closely contested 400m freestyle race, Myles Brown finished with the silver medal in 3:48.69, while the gold went to Egypt’s Ahmed Akram in 3:48.06 and the bronze to Tunisia’s Ahmed Mathlouti in 3:51.47. Vanessa Mohr and Rita Naude secured the silver and bronze in the 100m butterfly in 1:00.26 and 1:03.86 respectively. The gold in the event was claimed by Egypt’s Farida Osman in 58.83. In the 800m freestyle, KZN’s Charlise Oberholzer was overjoyed when she won the silver medal, finishing with a time of 9:00.15 behind Algeria’s Majda Chebaraka in 8:58.53 and ahead of Egypt’s Roaia Mashaly in 9:07.94.
In the men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay, Calvyn Justus, Clayton Jimmie, Caydon Muller and Douglas Erasmus could not be stopped. Leading from the word go, they finished with a time of 3:19.69, while Egypt and Algeria ended with the silver and bronze respectively.