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It’s 50 medals for SA at African Championships

South Africa’s medal tally touched the half-century mark as the XII CANA African Swimming Championships hit day five in Bloemfontein on Friday.
The rainbow nation now have 17 more medals than Egypt although Algeria are in second spot on the medals table as they have won more golds than Egypt.
It was a fight to the finish in the 100-metre backstroke, where Mzansi’s Jacques van Wyk came from behind to take the gold in 56.50, with Egypt’s Mohamed Samy claiming the silver in 57.31 and SA’s Neil de Villiers the bronze in 57.43.
Eben Vorster cruised to the gold medal in the 200m butterfly, posting a fast 2:01.03, while Egypt’s Ahmed Hamdy finished second in 2:03.27 and Algeria’s Lounis Khendriche third in 2:03.48.
The long-distance 1500m freestyle title went to Brent Szurdoki in 15:37.65, over 10 seconds ahead of Egypt’s Marwan Elamrawy in 15:48.33 and teammate Josh Dannhauser in 16:00.17.

 

Rebecca Meder (RSA) in the 200m IM final during the day five of the 12th African Swimming Champs 2016 at the Stadium swimming pool in Bloemfontein on 21 October 2016. Photo: Gerhard Steenkamp/Superimage Media.

Fourteen-year-old Rebecca Meder (pictured here) made it to the top of the medal podium once again, this time in the 200m individual medley in a golden 2:20.37 ahead of Algeria’s Rania Hamida Nefsi in 2:22.16 and Egypt’s Rowaida Hesham in 2:22.38.
Algeria’s Amel Melih, Egypt’s Rowan Badry and Seychelles’ Alexus Laird grabbed the medals in the 50m freestyle in 26.72, 27.02 and 27.03 respectively, making it the first race of the competition not to feature any SA swimmers on the podium.
Mariella Venter, Alaric Basson, Alard Basson and Gabi Grobler were victorious in the newly added 4x100m medley mixed relay in 3:59.28 ahead of the Egyptian team in 4:06.13 and Algeria in 4:18.61.
The final day of the pool-swimming programme will be held on Saturday with heats starting at 10:00, while the finals will begin at 16:00.
The Championships conclude with the Open Water competition, which will take place at Maselspoort Dam on Sunday from 11:00.

Picture of Van Wyk and Meder courtesy of Gerhard Steenkamp/SuperImage Media


3 comments
Alex Van
Alex Van

Where can i find the medal table?