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Second silver for South Africa’s Sadie

Sadie

By Mark Etheridge

Christian Sadie has picked up another medal for South Africa at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Mexico City on Tuesday.

South Africa had four swimmers in day four action in the Mexican capital which is hosting the Para Sports Festival that also includes para powerlifting.

After winning silver in the S7 50m freestyle on Monday, Sadie secured a second silver in the 50m butterfly.

He clocked 31.01sec, a new personal best and African record as he missed out on gold by just 0.07sec by winner Carlos Serrano Karate of Colombia.

Earlier Sadie (pictured with team coach/manager Theo Verster) had gone oh so close to South Africa getting their second medal when he added another fourth place finish to his scoresheet in the SB7 100-metre breaststroke.

He was narrowly out-touched by Israeli swimmer Mark Malyar who clocked 1min 31.53sec.

But there was hope for South African hearts when Malyar was disqualified, thus bumping Sadie up to bronze with his time of 1:31.86. However the case went to appeal and Malyar was reinstated.

‘It was an exciting and controversial race,’ said Verster. ‘He still claimed a new African record.’

The other South African men’s swimmer in action was Franco Smith in the S12 50m freestyle heats.

‘Once again it was an exciting race to watch,’ said Verster. ‘He swam a PB of 25.89 which put him fifth and into the final.’

Smith went on to improve on his heats time when he swam 25.72 for joint fourth and an African record.

The third swimmer was Sadie’s Stellenbosch teammate Alan Ferreira who was in heats action for the S13 400m free. She swam 5:27.07 which put her fourth and into the final where she improved her morning swim by six seconds to end fourth in 5:21.09.

And Christelle Kriel was also in action. The only other woman in the SA team, the 23-year-old taking eighth spot in the women’s S14 200m freestyle final, her time being 2:33.30 in a race won by Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg in 2:14.75.

Sadie and South Africa’s two medals put the rainbow nation in 24th spot on the medals table, lead by China with 33 from US (34) and Italy (27).

Day five action sees Ferreira forging ahead with her busy schedule and she’s in action on two occasions. She swims the SB 13 100m breaststroke, a time final, and one of her main events. A little later she’ll be in action in the SM13 200m Individual Medley heats.


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