Women’s freestyle specialist Kayla Ferreira has impressed after winning five gold medals for Team South Africa, at the Zone VI Games in Lusaka, Zambia, which conclude today.
Ferreira’s medal haul includes three individual first-place finishes in the 50-metre, 100m and 200m freestyle, while she’s also been part of two relay teams, winning the 4x50m freestyle relay final with Amy Peens, Kirsty Muller and Emma Chelius on Saturday before winning the 4x100m medley relay with Nathania van Niekerk, Kelly Gunnell and Amy Peens on Sunday.
Team South Africa’s swimming team stretched its overall medal tally to 43 on Sunday.
After winning 21 medals out of a possible 22 on day two, South Africa claimed 22 podium finishes from 12 races on day three, including 12 gold, nine silver and two bronze in a performance that also boasted 19 new tournament records in total.
This was an outstanding performance from the swimmers, considering that each nation was restricted to two swimmers per final.
Team SA was seven short from their tournament goal of 50 medals overnight, and should exceed their expectations on the final race day on Monday.
Selected results at the Zone VI Games in Lusaka, Zambia: Sunday: Basketball: Women’s U20: South Africa 31-81 Angola Football: Women’s U20: South Africa 0-0 Namibia Judo: Women’s 48kg: Shaneca Smal (Silver) Women’s 52kg: Sinothando Mva (Silver) Women’s 57kg: Monique Grobbelaar (Gold) Netball: Women’s U20: South Africa 55-27 Namibia Swimming: Women’s 100m freestyle: Kayla Ferreira (Gold), Amy Peens (Silver) Women’s 200m breaststroke: Kelly Gunnell (Gold), Jessica Liss (Silver) Women’s 50m backstroke: Rita Naude (Gold), Janneke Malan (Silver) Women’s 200m individual medley: Lindsay McLeod (Gold), Janneke Malan (Silver) Women’s 4x100m medley relay: Team South Africa – Kayla Ferreira, Nathania van Niekerk, Kelly Gunnell and Amy Peens (Gold) Tennis: Women’s singles quarter-final: Tyra Timm lost to Botswana (7-5, 6-1) Women’s singles quarter-final: Zanmarie Pienaar beat Lesotho (6-3, 6-2) – Qualifies for semi-finals Women’s doubles semi-final: Tyra Timm/Zanmarie Pienaar beat Lesotho (6-0, 6-0) – Qualifies for final Saturday: Basketball: Women’s U20: South Africa 91-32 Namibia Netball: Women’s U20: South Africa 29-29 Malawi Swimming: Women’s 400m freestyle heat: Lindsay McLoed (Gold), Nathania van Niekerk (Silver) Women’s 50m breaststroke heats: Kelly Gunnell (Gold), Mu’Minah Connelly (5th) Female’s 100m backstroke heats: Nathania van Niekerk (Gold), Amy Peens (Silver) Women’s 50m butterfly heats: Kayla Ferreira (gold), Emma Chelius (silver) Women’s 100m breaststroke heats: Kelly Gunnell (Gold), Jessica Liss (Silver) Women’s 4x50m freestyle relay final: Team South Africa (Gold) Tennis: Women’s singles: Tyra Timm vs Lesotho (6-1, 6-2) – Qualifies for quarter-final Women’s singles: Zanmarie Pienaar (bye) – Qualifies for quarter-final Women’s doubles: Tyra Timm/Zanmarie Pienaar (bye) – Qualifies for semi-finals