SA rules Africa with seven golds

South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh. File photo Image by: Gallo Images
South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh. File photo
Image by: Gallo Images

The SA Swimming Team are dominating the XII CANA African Swimming Championships and have won a medal in every race to add 15 more to their tally on the second day of competition in Bloemfontein.

The South African team have won seven gold, five silver and three bronze medals.

Cameron van der Burgh did not disappoint the Free State crowd, winning the 50m breaststroke in a championship record time of 28.05, breaking the 2008 record of 28.38 by Senegal’s Malick Fall.

South Africa’s Michael Houlie scooped the silver in 28.63 and Egypt’s Ahmed Shamlool the bronze in 28.92.

Olympian Chad le Clos sprinted to a thrilling finish in the 100m butterfly, clocking a golden 52.69, just missing the championship record of 52.49.

Egypt’s Mohamed Samy and South African Alard Basson were close behind, in 54.91 and 55.05, respectively.

Caitlin Kat and Rebecca Meder were the gold and silver pair in the 200m freestyle, finishing the final in 2:06.06 and 2:06.17, with Algeria’s Souad Nefissa Cheroua claiming the bronze in 2:07.51.

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