SA’s Swimming Team Tops the Pools Leaderboard While Women’s Cricket Fall at Final Hurdle

Catherine van Rensburg (pictured during a breaststroke event at the Games) was back on the top of the podium for her fourth individual gold medal of the championships, after cruising to victory in the 800m freestyle. Photo: Roger Sedres

The curtain came down on the swimming programme at the African Games in Accra, Ghana on Wednesday with Team South Africa taking top spot one the overall pool medal table with 17 Gold, 16 Silver and 13 Bronze medals, cementing South Africa’s continued continental prowess in swimming. 

Of these Team SA totals, 11 of the gold medals were won by SA women and women’s teams, and two gold shared with men in mixed team events, ten of the 16 total Silver medals were won by women, and four of the 13 Bronze medals. 

On the continental leaderboard, as of the close of Wednesday evening, Egypt have a massive lead with 115 medals (65 gold, 27 silver, 23 bronze) as the competition reaches the halfway stage. 

Duo to record breaking and winning performances in the pools, South Africa leapfrogged Nigeria and Algeria back to second on the African standings with 22 gold, 22 silver and 33 bronze for a total of 77 medals. 




Nigeria (22 gold, 13 silver, 20 bronze) drop to third, and Algeria were placed fourth with 81 medals (21 gold, 27 silver, 33 bronze).

Catherine van Rensburg was back on the top of the podium for her fourth individual gold medal of the championships after cruising to victory in the 800m freestyle.

The 19-year-old dominated the race from the start and steadily built on her lead to finish in 8 minutes 50.78 seconds – a full 18 seconds clear of her nearest rival, Lojine Hamed of Egypt who took the silver in 9:08.82.

Georgia Els collected her first individual gold medal of the meet in the 200m individual medley. She finished in 2:17.65, over two seconds ahead of Egypt’s Nour Elgendy.

Caitlin de Lange secured a silver in the 50m freestyle final losing out to Egypt’s Farida Osman who took the gold with a new African Games record of 24.72 seconds. De Lange wasn’t far off, finishing second in 24.99.

SA teams once again dominated in the relays with both the women and men
storming to gold in the 4x100m medley relay to finish the evening on a high.

The women’s team of Tayla Jonker, Simone Moll, Hannah Mouton and Caitlin de Lange claimed victory in a time of 4:11.89, finishing well ahead of Egypt (4:17.81) and Algeria (4:25.69)

That took the SA swimming squad’s total medal haul to 46 which included 17
golds, 16 silver and 13 bronze medals.

Zimbabwe emerged as the inaugural champions of the Women’s T20 Cricket tournament at the 13th African Games, clinching the gold medal after a riveting Super Over victory against Team South Africa in the final held at the Achimota Senior Secondary School in Accra on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe commenced the contest by posting a total of 112/5 in their allotted 20 overs. Modester Mupachikwa led the scoring with 31 runs off 49 balls. In reply, all-rounder Miané Smit showcased an unbeaten innings of 31* runs from 32 balls for South Africa, leading to a dramatic tie before Zimbabwe secured the win in the one-over eliminator to claim the ultimate prize.

After winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, South Africa resisted a strong start from the Lady Chevrons openers as Leah Jones (1/25) struck in the fourth over to dismiss Sharne Mayers (10) to leave Zimbabwe 18/1. 

This is a list of how Team SA fared in competition on Wednesday.


Women’s T20 Final
Team SA won the toss and put Zimbabwe in to bat
Zimbabwe 112 for 5 in 20 overs (Modester Muphachikwa 31; Nonsumiso Shangase 1-9, Ghandi Jafta 1-14, Jane Winster 1-20, Kayla Reyneke 1-21, Leah Jones 1-25)
Team SA 112-8 (Miane Smit 31no, Leah Jones 15, Karabo Meso 12, Faye Tunnicliffe 10)
Scores tied.
SILVER! Zimbabwe (4-0) won on a super over (Team SA 2-2)


Women’s 50m freestyle, Heats
Hannah Mouton won her heat in 27.30 to place 13th overall and miss out on a place in the final
Caitlin de Lange won her heat in 25.22 to qualify 2nd fastest for the final

Women’s 50m freestyle, Final
SILVER! Caitlin de Lange claimed the silver medal when she touched 2nd in 26.27 behind Egypt’s Farida Osman

Women’s 200m IM, Heats
Kate Meyer finished 2nd in her heat in 2:21.55 to qualify 2nd fastest for the final
Georgia Els won her heat in 2:22.68 to qualify 3rd fastest for the final

Women’s 200m IM, Final
GOLD! Georgia Els touched the wall first to take the gold medal in 2:17.65
Kate Meyer placed 4th in the final in 2:20.26

Women’s 800m freestyle, Final
GOLD! Catherine van Rensburg powered to gold in 8:50.78, a full 18 seconds ahead of Egypt’s Logine Hamed who took silver
Tasmin Nabbie placed 7th in the final in 10:41.03

Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay, Final
GOLD! Team SA put in a commanding performance to claim victory in 4:11.89, with Egypt taking silver in 4:17.81

Original Copy: Team South Africa and Karien Jonckheere, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: Catherine van Rensburg (pictured during a breaststroke event at the Games) was back on the top of the podium for her fourth individual gold medal of the championships, after cruising to victory in the 800m freestyle. Photo: Roger Sedres

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