SA Olympic swim star Amanda Loots set a championship record
and Natalie du Toit won the 5km Open Swim on the final day of swimming pool
action at the 9th African Swimming Championships held at Ellis Park Aquatics
Loots dominated the 200 metres individual medley in a
championship record time of 2:18.91 (bettering her own mark of 2:19.57 set in Egypt six years
The final event of the African Swimming Championships, in
the form of the 5km open water swimming competition, took at Victoria Lake
in Germiston on Sunday starting at 09h00, which Natalie du
Toit dominated to allow SA to end top of the medal standings at the completion
of the champs.
Du Toit won in 1:04.01, with
Cape Town-based national team-mate Dominique Dryding (1:06.43) and Tunisia’s
Sarra Lajnef (1:10.08) taking the silver and bronze medals respectively.
"The water was warm which
made for great swimming conditions and I really enjoyed the swim, considering I
hadn’t put in the mileage that I would normally have clocked ahead of an event
of this nature," said du Toit.
SA’s golden medal haul in
the open water swimming championships allowed the hosts to end top of the medal
table with 41 medals (13 gold, 20 silver, 9 bronze), followed by Tunisia on 31
medals (13 gold, 7 silver and 11 bronze).
The hosting of the African showpiece event in Johannesburg has been made possible through the
support of Telkom, the City of Jo’burg,
the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Sport and Recreation SA, Gauteng
Sport and Recreation, Arena and Bestmed.
Swimmers from countries including Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Guinea, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and the hosts, South Africa
have been a part of the challenge for medals. The
2010 African Swimming Championships will be held in Kenya.
results from the fourth and final evening’s finals at the 9th African Swimming
Championships held at the Ellis Park Aquatics Centre on Sunday:
metres individual medley:
Ajulu-Bushell (Ken) 26.88
metres medley relay: