Some top international athletes will be descending upon the friendly city of Port Elizabeth to join their SA counterparts in a stiff competition at the inaugural SA international invitational swimming meeting at the Newton Park Swimming Pool on 29-30 January.
A strong team of eight Brazilian swimmers will be representing their country at the event.┬áThe contingent includes; Fabiola Molina, who will provide tough competition for the local athletes in the 50 and 100m backstroke, 50 and 100m butterfly as well as the 50m freestyle.┬áShe currently holds the South American records in the 50 and 100m backstroke, which she broke during the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome.
A two time Olympian, she has participated in a total of 39 FINA/Arena Swimming World Cups and claimed 49 medals, 11 world championships and recently scooped two gold medals at the 2010 South American Games.
Henrique Barbosa and Joao Gomes will be strong competition for SA’s Cameron van der Burgh, in the 50 and 100m breaststroke. At the 2010 FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup Series in Beijing, Barbosa claimed the bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke, while Gomes took silver at the Moscow leg and two bronzes (50 & 100m breast) at the Singapore leg.
Barbosa will also be competing in the 200m breaststroke where he currently holds the South American record as well as in the 100m breaststroke, which he broke during the 2009 Brazil Championships.
Diogo Yabe, gold medallist in the 200m individual medley from the 2009 Amsterdam Cup, Tatiana Barbosa (holder of the South America record in the 100m freestyle), Fernanda Alvarenga (holder of the South America record in the 200m backstroke), Tatiane Sakemi (holder of the South America records in the 50 & 100m breaststroke and 2009 World University Games champion) and Caroline Mussi (holder of the South America record in the 200m breaststroke) will also be going for gold at the event.
The morning session of the swimming will take place at the Newton Park Swimming Pool on January 29-30 from 9.30am with the evening programme beginning at 5.30pm. Entrance to watch the swimming is free of charge.