Gunnell was involved in a close race with England’s Molly Renshaw in the women’s 200m breaststroke where she made up for a narrow defeat in the 100m event on the opening day. The South African edged out Renshaw by 0.28sec to take the gold in an outstanding personal best of 2:25.22.
Natasha Lloyd (New Zealand) managed to stay marginally ahead for the bronze in 2:27.37 with South African Justine MacFarlane challenging, only to finish in fourth place in 2:28.24.
The gold-medal performance from Gunnell raised the level of the South African swimmers with a number of encouraging performances, including Marne Erasmus who finished close to a medal with a fourth in the women’s 100m butterfly, clocking 1:00.32.
Remaining results include Michelle Weber 7th in both the women’s 400m individual medley in 4:52.30 and the 200m freestyle in 2:02.68, and the women’s 4 x 100m medley relay team finishing 5th in 4:11.22.