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Six more pool medals for SA in Algeria

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South Africa ended their pool campaign at the 13th CANA Africa Swimming and Open Water Championships in Algeria on Saturday.

And it was another proudly South African day for the team, as they raised their medal tally to 40.

Samantha Randle’s time of 2min 17.15sec won her the gold medal in the 200-metre backstroke ahead of teammate Hannah Kiely, who clocked 2:22.01 to claim the silver in the event.

The bronze went to Morocco’s Fahsi Hiba in 2:22.18.

Later in the evening, Randle made her way to the medal podium again, this time for a bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle when she finished the race in 17:25.08.

Ayrton Sweeney followed with a silver medal in the 200m individual medley in 2:02.16, with the gold going to Egypt’s Mohamed Samy in 2:01.21 and the bronze to Algeria’s Balamane M in 2:05.23.

Sweeney also bagged a silver medal with Alard Basson, Jacques van Wyk and Alaric Basson in the 4x100m medley relay in 3:43.21.

In the 200m butterfly, Jessica Whelan added a bronze medal to her tally, touching the wall in 2:22.79, behind Egypt’s Rowida Hesham in 2:20.25 and Algeria’s Nefsi Rania Hamida in 2:21.59.

Lara van Niekerk, Erin Gallagher, Lesley Blignaut and Kiely closed the sixth day of the competition by winning the 4x100m medley relay in 4:12.83.

Egypt and Algeria claimed the silver and bronze in 4:15.96 and 4:26.46, respectively.

The 13th CANA Africa Swimming and Open Water Championships conclude on Sunday with the Open Water 5km races due to start at 11am (SA time).

Ahead of the open water event, South Africa trail Egypt in the medals table. The rainbow nation have 40 medals (12 gold, 18 silver and 10 bronze) compared to Egypt’s 40.


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