Records Tumble as Alani Ferreira Earns Paralympic Qualification

by | Apr 11, 2021

One the same night that history was made when a SA women’s 4x100m women’s relay team qualified for the Olympics for the first time, Alani Ferreira (SB13) penciled her name on the Paralympic short list with a fast 1:23.97 in the 100m breaststroke at the SA National Aquatic Championships in Gqeberha on Saturday, 10 April 2021.

Ferreira led the way ahead of Cornelle Leach (SB12), who not only finished with a Paralympic Qualification time but a new SA Record of 1:29.52 to the 2019 time of 1:33.24.

Ferreira also posted a new SA Record in the 400m freestyle heats session, bettering her 2019 time of 5:05.55 to 5:00.28.

In the 400m individual medley, Dakota Tucker’s quick start won her the gold medal in 4:56.21 ahead of Samantha Randle in 5:00.04 and Trinity Hearne in 5:03.55.

Rebecca Meder, Hannah Pearse and Michaela de Villiers topped the 100m backstroke final in 1:02.28, 1:04.59 and 1:04.61.

Olympic Qualification for Relay Quartet Accompanies African Record

In the final event of the night, the quartet of Meder, Erin Gallagher, Aimee Canny and Emma Chelius, smashed the African Record in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay in an incredible 3:40.29 to the 2019 time of 3:43.35, to become the first South African quartet to qualify for an Olympic Games in this race.

During a Time Trial race in the 200m breaststroke, Kaylene Corbett posted an Olympic Qualification time of 2:25.18.

The day 05 heats will start at 09:30, while the finals will begin at 18h00 daily.

 

Olympic Qualifying Times following Day 4:
Tatjana Schoenmaker – 200m breaststroke – 2:20.17
Kaylene Corbett – 200m breaststroke – 2:25.18
Rebecca Meder, Erin Gallagher, Aimee Canny & Emma Chelius – 4x100m Freestyle Relay – 3:40.29

 

Paralympic Qualifying Times following Day 4:
Kat Swanepoel (S2) – 100m backstroke – 2:14.78
Alani Ferreira (SB13) – 100m breaststroke – 1:23.97
Cornelle Leach (SB12) – 100m breaststroke – 1:29.52

 

Photo 1 Caption: Alani Ferreira (SB13) penciled her name on the Paralympic short list with a fast 1:23.97 in the 100m breaststroke at the SA National Aquatic Championships in Gqeberha on Saturday, 10 April 2021.Photo: Supplied

 

With editing by gsport

 

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