A phenomenal start for Mzansi’s top athletes as the last leg of the South African Swimming Grand Prix got underway at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban on Saturday, 22 February 2020.
Durbanite Erin Gallagher delivered three breathtaking performances, winning the 50m freestyle in 25.20, the 100m butterfly in 59.02 and the 50m backstroke in 29.57.
Aimee Canny and Kristen de Goede bagged the silver and bronze in the freestyle race in 25.73 and 26.77, with Dune Coetzee and Emma Christianson finishing second and third in the butterfly in 1:02.43 and 1:03.58, while the rest of the backstroke medal podium comprised of Kerryn Herbst and Felicity Passon in 29.88 and 29.99, respectively.
Canny went on to win the gold in the 200m freestyle in 2:00.49 ahead of Rebecca Meder in 2:02.00 and Coetzee in 2:03.07, while Passon had to settle for the silver in the 200m backstroke, behind Samantha Randle in 2:16.07 and Hannah Pearse in 2:18.94.
Meder was not done for the day, as she wrapped up the opening day finals with a gold medal in the 200m individual medley, clocking 2:12.84, over 7secs ahead of Emily Visagie in 2:19.89 and Dakota Tucker in 2:20.67.
Tatjana Schoenmaker raced to the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke in 1:07.66 followed by Kaylene Corbett in 1:09.09 and Christin Mundell in 1:09.56, while Mundell scooped the silver medal in the long distance 800m freestyle in 9:07.52 behind Catherine van Rensburg in 9:03.55 and ahead of Kelly-Ann Brown in 9:13.16.
The SA Grand Prix concludes on Sunday, 23 February, with the finals session beginning at 10h00.
Photo 1 Caption: Erin Gallagher won three gold medals on the first day of the South African Swimming Grand Prix in Durban on Saturday, 22 February 2020. Photo: @erin_gallagher12 on Instagram
With editing by gsport