SA’s Swimming Domination Continues

After three days of competition, the South African swimming team has no plans of slowing down as the medals and Championship Records continue to pour in at the 11th African Games in Brazzaville.  The country’s finest added seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals to its tally on Tuesday night.  Golden boy Chad Le Clos finished the 50 metre butterfly with a new Championship Record time of 23.51, winning his second gold of the competition, ahead of Egypt’s Omar Eissa and Ahmed Bahgat in 24.18 and 24.94 respectively.  Alard Basson finished fourth in 24.94.

Limpopo’s Martin Bindell and Gauteng’s Ricky Ellis were the gold and silver duo in the 200m backstroke, clocking 2:02.23 and 2:02.32 respectively, while the bronze went to Egypt’s Mohamed Khaled in 2:04.35.  The fast improving Clayton Jimmie continued to impress when he swam to a gold medal in the 100m freestyle in 49.93, with teammate Caydon Muller claiming the bronze in 50.28.  The silver was won by Egypt’s Mohamed Samy in 49.97. 

In the 400m freestyle, Karin Prinsloo was just under a second ahead of the group when she touched the wall in 4:18.86 followed by Algeria’s Majda Chebaraka in 4:19.23, with the bronze medal going to country mate Marlies Ross in 4:19.43.  Prinsloo also won silver in 100m backstroke with a time of 1:02.53, while the bronze medal in the race went to Jessica Ashley Cooper in 1:03.32. Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry won the gold in 1:01.15.  In the 50m breaststroke, Tatjana Schoenmaker swam her way to the top of the podium in a time of 32.49, ahead of Egypt’s Maii Atif in 32.58 and Namibia’s Daniela Lindemeier in 32.69. Kelly Gunnell finished fourth in the event in 32.85.

In the 4 x 100m freestyle relay, Ross, Cooper, Prinsloo and Vanessa Mohr bagged the gold medal in a new Championship Record time of 3:49.04, while in the men’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay, Le Clos, Brent Szurdoki, Calvyn Justus and Myles Brown also set a new Championship Record with a golden 7:18.62.

Photo credit: WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN / SASPA