The first FINA Junior World Swimming Championships came to and end in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday with South Africa’s talent showing much promise.
At the swimming meet’s end the youth held a total of 9 medals, with the guys’ four bronze pipped by the girls who brought in three silver and 2 bronze medals.
On Friday gsport reported an all-expenses-paid competition between our boys and girls, the winner decided by the most medals.
Explained one of the SA team coaches, Yusuf Joseph. “We’ve got a points system running for medals and for finals.
"I think it’s five for gold, three for silver, two for bronze, one for a final and then there are bonus points for championship records,” he added.
On that understanding, the girls won easily after ending on 13 points, against the boys’ 8! gsport will find out more details of the dinner later, and report back.
The silver medals were due to Wendy Trott (200m backstroke), Keri-Leigh Shaw (100m Butterfly), 4x100m Women’s Medley Relay, and the bronze medals were claimed by Wendy Trott (1500m Freestyle) and Bianca Meyer (400m Individual Medley).
The final medals haul placed South Africa 17th, but on a total of medals, SA came in joint fourth with China, after Italy and Russia both on 17 medals, and USA on 14.
China distinguished itself with a total of 3 gold medals. The spectacular efforts of Italy earned it 9 gold medals, 4 more than closest rival United States.