Spectacular Return for SA Swimmers in Kenya

by | Sep 17, 2012

Mandy Loots flew the SA flag high at the African Senior Swimming champs in Nairobi, Kenya, adding medals to the total SA contingent of 51. Photo: SuppliedSouth Africa’s women swimmers have won 26 of the 51 medals, bagged by the South African Swimming Team, at the 11th Africa Senior Swimming Championships in Nairobi, Kenya from 10th to 16th September 2012.

It was a spectacular showing as the women once again dominated on the final day programme on Sunday, winning both gold and silver in their every race.

The first gold and silver of the night went the way of Mandy Loots and Michelle Webber. Loots and Webber finished in 2:15.85 and 2:20.41 in the 200m butterfly respectively.

Following her silver medal performance, Webber went one better to grab the gold in the 1500m freestyle in 16:46.46 with Kyna Pereira in second, clocking 17:14.24.

It was 13 year-old Nathania van Niekerk who walked away with the 200m backstroke title in a time of 2:20.30, followed by Rene Warnes in 2:21.99.

Swimming South Africa’s President, Jace Naidoo congratulates all the winners and participants for their outstanding performances and display of great talent during the Champs. “It is a great honour to see our young stars achieve such great success during this year’s event,” said Naidoo. “We at Swimming SA are looking forward to their further growth, as part of our 2016 development plan.”

The South African swimming team will be arriving back home tonight, Monday, 17 September, at 18h50, OR Tambo International Airport.


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