Mandy Loots won gold in the 200m individual Medley in 2:20.55 on SaturdayWomen swimmers bagged three of the eight medals won by the South African Swimming Team on Saturday, the second last day of the 11th African Senior Swimming Championships.

Mandy Loots and Lehesta Kemp both claimed two gold medals in the evening finals.

Loots won the 200m individual medley in 2:20.55 ahead of SA’s Rene Warnes in 2:22.60 while Kemp sped to the 50m freestyle gold in 26.08.

As part of the 400m medley relay quartet, Loots, Kemp as well as Tara Nicholas and Nathania van Niekerk raced ahead to take the gold with a ten second lead, clocking 4:18.31 to Egypt’s 4:29.08 and Algeria’s 4:34.61.

On Friday, KZN’s Michelle Webber broke Melissa Corfe’s 2004 Championship Record of 8:53.78 in the 800m freestyle by over three seconds with a fast 8:50.45. Kyna Pereira finished with the silver in 9:05.77 and Egypt’s Reem Hussein with the bronze in 9:16.70.

Another gold and silver performance took place in the 100m butterfly with Mandy Loots and Rene Warnes taking the top two spots in 1:00.64 and 1:03.40 respectively, while Algeria’s Fella Bennaceur won the bronze in 1:04.39.

17 year-old Tara Nicholas raced to the 100m breaststroke title, clocking a fast 1:12.47 to Egypt’s silver and bronze medalists in Mai Abdelfatta (1:13.26) and Rowida Mohamed Tolba (1:14.99).

Click here for report on the first two days of action. The Championships conclude today, Sunday, 16th September.