The South African swimming team continued to dominate the pool, adding twelve medals (six gold, three silver and three bronze) and two Championship Records to their tally on the second day of the aquatics programme at the 11th African Games in Brazzaville on Monday night. With a fast and golden Championship Record time of 51.24, Olympian Chad Le Clos scooped the 100 metres butterfly title ahead of teammate Nico Meyer, who grabbed the bronze medal in 55.26. The silver medal in the event went to Egypt’s Omar Eissa in 53.54. In the 50m breaststroke, it was a fight to the finish between Cameron Van Der Burgh and Egypt’s Yossif Elkamash.
Van Der Burgh edged out the Egyptian, winning the race in a phenomenal new Championship Record time of 27.18 to Elkamash’s 28.10, a time difference of only 0.92secs, while Tunisia’s Wassim Elloumi took the bronze in 28.62.
Alaric Basson ended in sixth place with a time of 28.98.
In the 400m individual medley, KZN’s Ayrton Sweeney won his first gold medal of the competition in a fast 4:21.83, ahead of Angola’s Pedro Pinotes in 4:23.12 and Egypt’s Ahmed Hamdy in 4:23.87. Edward Johannisen finished fifth in 4:58.74.
Karin Prinsloo struck gold in the 200m freestyle, walking away with the title in 2:00.14, while Limpopo’s Marlies Ross won the silver in 2:02.61. The bronze was claimed by Algeria’s Chebaraka Majda in 2:02.63. It was gold and silver for South Africa in the 200m breaststroke.
Pretoria’s Tatjana Schoenmaker led from start to finish winning with a time of 2:28.84, while Kelly Gunnell took home the silver in 2:31.52. The bronze went to Namibia’s Daniela Lindermeier in 2:34.23. In the mixed 4 x 100m freestyle relay, Le Clos, Clayton Jimmie, Ross and Prinsloo raced ahead of the pack to claim the gold with a time of 3:31.56 to Egypt’s 3:32.52 and Algeria’s 3:40.93.
Myles Brown added the bronze medal to his tally when he concluded the 800m freestyle in 7:59.57, behind Egypt’s Ahmed Akram and Marwan Elkamash in 7:55.36 and 7:59.54 respectively. Brent Szurdoki finished fourth in 8:07.18. In the 50m butterfly, Vanessa Mohr and Jessica Ashley Cooper won the silver and bronze, clocking 26.31 and 27.02 respectively. The gold went to Egypt’s Farida Osman in 26.31.
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