Hayley Preen, Catherine van Rensburg, Simone Moll and Jasmine Martin Grab Accra Gold for Team SA

Catherine van Rensburg picked up her third individual gold medal of the championships after storming to victory in the 400m individual medley. She finished in a time of 4 minutes 56.13 seconds. Photo: Roger Sedres, Team South Africa

South Africa’s swimmers continued to make their presence felt on the podium, claiming a team total of eight more medals on the penultimate night of action at the African Games in Accra, Ghana on Tuesday, 12 March, 2023.

Catherine van Rensburg picked up her third individual gold medal of the championships after storming to victory in the 400m individual medley. She finished in a time of 4 minutes 56.13 seconds with teammate Kate Meyer taking the bronze in 5:02.63.

Simone Moll also made another visit to the top of the podium, adding the 50m breaststroke title to the 100m breaststroke gold she claimed earlier in the competition. Moll finished in a new African Games record time of 31.96 seconds with Meyer once again in on the action, claiming the silver in 33.03.

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Moll had made her intentions clear in the morning session, smashing the previous Games record of 32.20 that was set by fellow South African and Olympic finalist Kaylene Corbett in 2019, and then bettered it again in the final.

Meanwhile, Talya Jonker added a third silver medal to her individual haul, finishing second in the 100m backstroke in 1:03.36 after just being edged out by five hundredths of a second by Egypt’s Sara El Sammany.

The swimming competition at the African Games wraps up on Wednesday.

Hayley Preen stormed to a repeat gold as Africa’s best in her second competition for Team SA in Accra, when she topped the podium in the Women’s Elite Criterium, ahead of Namibia’s Anri Krugel in silver, and Rwandan Diane Ingabire claiming broze.

South Africa’s Jasmine Martin won gold in the Women’s 57kg Judo, which got underway on Tuesday, while Michaela Whitebooi (48kg) and Charne Griesel (52kg) each won bronze in their respective categories. 

Laryne Jefferies won bronze in Weightlifting’s Cat. 71kg division, adding to the two silver medals brought in by Team SA’s Weightlifter Anneke Spies, in the 59kg women’s catgory, 59kg Snatch, and the 59kg Clean & Jerk.

Wednesday’s main focus is going to be on the T20 gold medal tie between South Africa and Zimbabwe – go team!  


Main Photo Caption: Catherine van Rensburg, pictured being congratulated by bronze-winning teammate Kate Meyer, picked up her third individual gold medal of the championships after storming to victory in the 400m individual medley. She finished in a time of 4 minutes 56.13 seconds. Photo: Roger Sedres, Team South Africa

Photo 2 Caption: Hayley Preen stormed to a repeat gold as Africa’s best, when she topped the podium in the Women’s Elite Criterium. Photo: Hayley Preen on Instagram

Photo 3 Caption: Laryne Jefferies won bronze in Weightlifting, adding to the silver medals brought in by Anneke Spies on Monday. Photo: Gauteng Weightlifting on Facebook

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