The third day of the Telkom Trials for the 12th FINA World Championships here in the Kings Park pool, was relatively quiet compared to the first two days when three swimmers qualified for the 2007 Melbourne champs.
Wendy Trott had to fight hard for her gold in the 400 metre freestyle after Melissa Corfe finished strong. Trott finished in 4:14.43 followed by Corfe just 0.36 of a second behind her in 4:14.79, both missing the qualifying time by four seconds.
Another disappointed swimmer was Suzaan van Biljon, who has already qualified for the 200 metre breaststroke. She swam her favourite event, the 100 breaststroke, and won in 1:10.03.
“Tonight I swam two seconds slower than my personal best which is very disappointing. I hope to do better in my remaining events,” said the swimmer from Tuks.
Meanwhile Karin Prinsloo from Tuks won the 100 metre backstroke in a time of 1:03.69, followed by Tannith Prout in 1:03.79 and Melissa Corfe in 1:04.35.
Women: 50m Freestyle:
1. Liezl Burger (Vine) 26.44;
2. Chanelle van Wyk (Tuks) 26.59;
3. Lize-Marie Retief (Tuks) 26.67.
Women 400m Freestyle:
1. Wendy Trott (Vine) 4:14.43;
2. Melissa Corfe (Sgul) 4:14.79;
3. Kathryn Meaklim (Pisc) 4:17.34.
Women 100m Breaststroke:
1. Suzaan van Biljon (Tuks) 1:10.03;
2. Tammy Laubscher (Tuks) 1:11.92;
3. Claire Rolt (Tuks) 1:13.83.