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Le Clos and Brown post World Championships QT at SA National Aquatic Championships

April 19, 2013

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Chad le Clos and Myles Brown turned up the tempo as they posted thrilling finishes and recorded FINA World Championships Qualifying Times on the second-last day of the SA National Aquatic Championships at the Newton Park Swimming Pool in Port Elizabeth.

There was no stopping Le Clos as he raced to a World Championships qualifying time in his favorite 200m butterfly. His fast time of 1:56.35 saw him claim the gold, over three seconds ahead of Michael Meyer, who ended with a time of 1:59.24. Christopher Reid was third in 2:03.82.

Le Clos’ second gold medal of the night came in the 100m freestyle, missing out on the World Championships qualifying time by only 0.02secs, touching the wall in 48.95 to the required 48.93. The silver medal was won by Leith Shankland in a World University Games qualifying time of 49.44 and the bronze by Caydon Muller in 51.24.

The phenomenal performances continued with Myles Brown, who raced to the gold and a World Championships qualifying time of 7:58.64 in the 800m freestyle, followed by Ayrton Sweeney in 8:16.79 and Chad Ho in 8:21.68.

Karin Prinsloo had a fantastic day of swimming, winning both the 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle in a golden 1:02.02 and 1:59.60 respectively. Jessica Ashley-Cooper (1:02.69) and Nathania van Niekerk (1:04.04) claimed the remaining medals in the 100m backstroke, while Kyna Pereira (2:03.83) and Rene Warnes (2:04.52) scooped the 200m freestyle silver and bronze.

Ashley-Cooper went one better in the 50m backstroke, winning the race in 29.00, ahead of Karin Prinsloo in 29.27 and Lehesta Kemp in 30.50. Ashley-Cooper’s 50 and 100m backstroke times were also World University Games qualifying times.

The 50m breaststroke titles went to Giulio Zorzi, with a time of 27.80 and Tara Nicholas in 32.81. Neil Versfeld and Warren Karsten won the silver and bronze in the men’s race, clocking 28.36 and 29.10 respectively, with Kelly Gunnell (33.39) and Justine Macfarlane (33.51) claiming second and third position on the ladies side.

Zorsi’s 50m breaststroke time was also a World University Games qualification time.

Caitlin Kat added another World University Games qualification time in the 800m freestyle, finishing in second with a time of 8:49.28. The top place went to Kyna Pereira in 8:48.00 and the third to Roxan Tammadge in 8:54.97.

Gerhard Zandberg sped to the finish line in the 50m backstroke with a time of 24.88, while Ricky Ellis added the event to his World University Games qualification list, clocking 25.69 to take home the silver. The bronze medal went to Darren Murray in 25.84.

In the final event of the evening, Michael Meyer, Christopher Reid and Ayrton Sweeney secured their second medals. In the 200m individual medley, Meyer claimed gold in 2:01.69, Reid the silver in 2:04.28 and Sweeney the bronze in 2:04.97. The 200m individual medley was Meyer’s second World University Games qualifying time, having also posted in the 200m butterfly earlier on in the day.

In the multi-disability events, Yvonne Smith won the 100m breaststroke S14-S15 category in 1:31.70 and later on took the second place in the 50m butterfly in 34.64 and 100m freestyle in 1:07.83.

In the S1-S13 races, Tezna Abrahams was victorious in the 100m breaststroke and won bronze in the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle, while Dimakatso Makgakga grabbed both silver medals on the day.

It was three medals for Challis Wright (S14) taking the gold in the 50m butterfly, silver in the 100m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m freestyle, while Craig Groenewald won two gold medals in the 100m breaststroke and 100m freestyle.

In the S1-S13 100m freestyle, Charl Bouwer was the fastest in 53.03, followed by Kevin Paul (56.73) and Hendri Herbst (1:00.45).

In the mixed 4 x 50m freestyle relay, the quartet of Karin Prinsloo, Douglas Erasmus, Lehesta Kemp and Caydon Muller won in 1:37.50, while Darren Murray, Warren Karsten, Rita Naude and Kayla Ferreira won the mixed 4 x 50m medley relay in 1:50.64.

The final day will start at 09h30 and continue at 17h00.

FINA World Championships Qualifying Times:

SF – Semi-Final

·         Cameron van der Burgh – 100m breaststroke (SF)

·         Chad le Clos – 200m butterfly

·         Myles Brown – 800m freestyle

World University Games Qualifying Times:

·         Caitlin Kat – 400 and 800m freestyle

·         Roxan Tammadge – 400m freestyle

·         Myles Brown – 400m freestyle

·         Lehesta Kemp – 50m freestyle

·         Trudi Maree – 50m freestyle

·         Rene Warnes – 200m individual medley

·         Nico Meyer – 50m butterfly

·         Giulio Zorzi – 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke

·         Jessica Ashley-Cooper – 50m freestyle and 50 and 100m backstroke

·         Ricky Ellis – 50 and 100m backstroke

·         Michael Meyer – 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley

Leith Shankland – 100m freestyle

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