Day 1 CANA Grand Prix Sets Up Exciting Weekend Competition

by | May 8, 2021

The first 2021 CANA Grand Prix Swimming Meet finals session kicked off on Friday, 7 May 2021, at the Stellenbosch University Swimming Pool.

Sisters Olivia and Georgia Nel competed in the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke, with Olivia winning both events in 26.22 and 30.02, respectively, while Georgia claimed the silver in the freestyle in 27.27 and the bronze in the backstroke in 31.09.

The bronze medal in the freestyle went to Zambia’s Tilka Paljk in 27.31 and the silver in the backstroke was won by Michaela de Villiers in 30.62.

Hannah Pearse was victorious in the 200m backstroke in 2:20.78, followed by Bernelee Doster in 2:21.59 and Holly Cleworth in 2:29.34, while Pearse also won the silver in the 200m freestyle in 2:10.21 behind Hannah Robertson in 2:07.96 and ahead of Holly Cleworth in 2:10.92.

The 100m breaststroke saw Lara van Niekerk, Savannah Voigt and Lana Janson win the gold, silver and bronze in 1:08.30, 1:19.97 and 1:20.45, while the winners in the 100m butterfly were Duné Coetzee, Rachel Groepes and Abigail Kotze in 1:02.03, 1:09.62 and 1:10.81, respectively.

Emma Kuhn won the honours in the 400m individual medley in 5:09.14.

The second heats session will take place at 16h00 today, while the competition will conclude tomorrow, with the finals starting at 10h00.

 

Photo 1 Caption: 50m double winner, Olivia Nel, at the first 2021 CANA Grand Prix Swimming Meet finals session kicked off on Friday, 7 May 2021, at the Stellenbosch University Swimming Pool. Photo: Screenshot (Cana Swimming Instagram)

 

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