Cape Town - The medals continued to pour in as the South African team
dominated the XII CANA African Swimming Championships, winning a medal in every
race on day two in Bloemfontein on Monday.
According to the Sascoc website, fifteen more medals were added to the SA tally (seven gold,
five silver and three bronze) during the second day of competition at the
Stadium Swimming Pool in Bloemfontein.
That took them to a total of 24 for the championships.
Cameron van der Burgh did not disappoint the Free State
crowd, winning the 50-metre breaststroke in a new Championship Record time of
28.05 seconds, breaking the 2008 record of 28.38, held by Senegal’s Malick
SA’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, and just missing the Championship
record of 52.49, while Egypt’s Mohamed Samy and SA’s Alard Basson were close
behind in 54.91 and 55.05 respectively.
Caitlin Kat and Rebecca Meder were the gold and silver duo
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.
In the 400m individual medley, Mzansi’s elite took both the
gold and bronze medals with Ayrton Sweeney finishing first in 4:27.80 and Neil
Fair third in 4:31.41, while Egypt’s Ahmed Hamdy walked away with the silver in
Up-and-coming swim stars Kaylene Corbett (17) and Hanim
Abrahams (14) bagged the gold and silver in the 200m breaststroke in 2:33.09
and 2:36.57, respectively, while Egypt’s Rowaida Hesham took the bronze in