Rebecca Meder claimed her sixth gold medal on the final day of the SA Short Course Championships on Sunday, 19 September 2021. Photo: Supplied
Lara van Niekerk completed her breaststroke clean sweep by claiming victory in the 100m event in 1:05.00. That was her third A qualifying time, which will see her competing in all three breaststroke events at the World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Supplied

World Class Performances at SA Short Course Championships

by | Sep 20, 2021

Rebecca Meder claimed her sixth gold medal on the final day of the SA Short Course Championships on Sunday, 19 September 2021.

Meder powered to victory in the 400m individual medley in a time of 4:36.79 to also complete her trio of A qualification times for the World Short Course Championships in December in all the medley events.

“I enjoyed it, but it burned a heck of a lot,” she admitted afterwards. 

“My best before this was a 4:37 so this is a PB [personal best]. As a 200IM swimmer, I’m supposed to be doing the 400IM so I’m glad I’m back. I’m done and dusted now on a big bang so I’m happy.”

16-year-old Dakota Tucker finished second with a B qualifying time of 4:43.06.

Lara van Niekerk completed her breaststroke clean sweep by claiming victory in the 100m event in 1:05.00. That was her third A qualifying time, which will see her competing in all three breaststroke events at the World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi.

“I was hoping to go 1:04 but I can’t complain with 1:05.00 – I’m happy… I’m very excited [about the World Short Course Championships]. It’s going to be my first senior international meet so I’m really looking forward to it,” added the 18-year-old.

Second-placed Emily Visage claimed another B qualifying time after finishing in 1:08.43.

Pretoria swimmer Caitlin de Lange took the 50m freestyle title, and as she did in the morning heats, dipped under the World Championships B qualifying time, touching in 25.32.

Minke Janse van Rensburg also claimed two more junior world records for Down syndrome swimmers – in the 25m and 100m freestyle.

 

World Short Course Championships A Qualifying Times:
Rebecca Meder: 100m, 200m & 400m individual medley
Lara van Niekerk: 50m, 100m & 200m breaststroke

 

Photo 1 Caption: Rebecca Meder claimed her sixth gold medal on the final day of the SA Short Course Championships on Sunday, 19 September 2021. Photo: Supplied

Photo 2 Caption: Lara van Niekerk completed her breaststroke clean sweep by claiming victory in the 100m event in 1:05.00. That was her third A qualifying time, which will see her competing in all three breaststroke events at the World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Supplied

 

With editing by gsport

 

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