SA Surges to Top CANA African Swim Champs Log in Ghana

by | Oct 15, 2021

The 2021 CANA African Junior/Senior Championship kicked off on the 10th of October in Accra Ghana. After day four of the championship, South Africa is already surging on top of the medal table.

South Africa has reaped 56 medals, including 30 gold, 15 silver, and 11 bronze of these 56 medals, 31 have been won by female swimmers.

Topping the podium already is Rebecca Meder, the 19-year-old has so far grabbed four gold medals in the women’s 100M free, 400M IM, 200M free, and 100M backstroke. Not to be outdone is Hannah Robertson who is doing well in the juniors sections. The 15-year-old has thus far won three gold medals in the girls 17 and under 100M free, 200M free, and 400M free.

The South African ladies have been very competitive providing us with thrilling performances as they dominate the podium. In the women’s 100M free Rebecca Meder and Inge Weidemann made it a 1-2 punch for South Africa with Rebecca outperforming her teammate Inge to win gold in 56.22 whilst Inge settled for silver in 56.31.

A similar finish also took place in the girls 17 and under 200M free when Hannah Robertson and Leigh McMorran made it a one and two finish for South Africa.

New Championship Record Set

Rebecca Meder, Inge Weidemann, Guy Brooks, and Andrew Ross broke the championship record of 3:36.94 set by the Egyptians in 2018. The South African quartet won the mixed 400M free relay with a new championship record of 3:34.02.

Hannah Robertson and Rebecca Meder joined forces with Christine Mundell and Leigh McMorran in the women’s 4×200M freestyle relay as they won the event with a new championship record of 3.26.35.

In the girls 17 and under Hannah Robertson and Catherine van Rensburg paired with Leigh McMorran and Sarah McLaren put up a brave fight to win gold in the 4×200M free relay. However in the 4×100M free relay the Egyptian quartet of Nour Diaa Elgendy, Gihan Abdalla, Carine Abdelmalak, and Sara Elsammay won the gold medal ahead of the South Africans in 3.53.86.

The competition continues today as we enter day five.


Photo Caption: Among the most successful swimmer at the 2021 CANA African Junior/Senior Championship in Accra, Ghana, is 15-year-old Hannah Robertson, who has thus far won three gold medals among South Africa’s current haul of 31 won by female swimmers. Photo: Hannah Robertson (Instagram)


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