The combined South African swimming team opened the aquatics programme of the 12th All African Games in a spectacular fashion, claiming ten medals (six gold, two silver and two bronze) in Rabat, Morocco on Wednesday, 21 August, 2019.
There was no stopping Erin Gallagher as she sped to the finish line of the 100m freestyle in 55.13, while team-mate Emma Chelius scooped the bronze in 55.86. The silver went to Egypt’s Farida Osman in 55.62.
Gallagher and Chelius were also a part of the gold medal winning 4 x 100m freestyle relay team, alongside Jessica Whelan and Kerryn Herbst, where the ladies’ topped the podium in a time of 3:48.88.
Kaylene Corbett and Christin Mundell were the gold and silver duo in the 50m breaststroke, touching the wall in 32.20 and 32.70, respectively, with the bronze medal going to Zambia’s Tilka Palik in 32.92.
In the 1500m freestyle, Samantha Randle and Carla Antonopoulos grabbed the silver and bronze in 17:11.07 and 17:22.15, while the top spot was claimed by Egypt’s Hania Moro in 17:06.71.
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Meanwhile, at the 7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Lara van Niekerk just missed out on a medal in the final of the 50m breaststroke when she finished 4th in 31.12, while Dune Coetzee was 8th in the 200m butterfly final in 2:13.06.
Aimee Canny booked herself a place in the final of the 100m freestyle after concluding Wednesday’s semi-finals in 4th place, clocking 54.87, while Hannah Robertson ended the heats of the event in 55th place in 58.58 and later finished the 800m freestyle in 21st position in 9:08.31 ahead of Tori Oliver in 9:33.11.
Ethan du Preez, Pieter Coetzee, Rebecca Meder and Canny touched the wall in 15th place in the 4 x 100m mixed medley relay, clocking 4:04.79.
Photo 1 Caption: The South African swimming team members Erin Gallagher, Emma Prinsloo, Jessica Whelan and Kerryn Herbst after their impressive performances in the pool at the 12th All Africa Games on Wednesday, 21 August, 2019. Photo: @erin_gallagher12 on Instagram
With editing by gsport