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FINA World Championships: Team SA update (Day 8)

The 19th FINA World Championships are under way in Budapest, Hungary. In Saturday’s action Lara van Niekerk heads into the women’s 50m breaststroke final unbeaten after winning her heat and her semi-final. She is the third fastest qualifier going into the final.

Here is a list of all the Team SA swimmers and their results for the event that runs until 3 July.

DIVING
Women

Grace Brammer
(3m synchronised, 3 July)

Bailey Heydra
(1m springboard, 29 June)
(3m springboard, 1 July)

Zalika Methula
(1m springboard, 29 June)

Kerry-Leigh Morrrison
(3m synchronised, 3 July)

SWIMMING
Men

Ruan Breytenbach
(5km, 27 June)
(10km, 29 June)
(Mixed 4x1500m, 26 June)

Connor Buck
(5km, 27 June)
(10km, 29 June)
(Mixed 4x1500m, 26 June)

Brendan Crawford
50m breaststroke: Placed 26th overall in the heats in 28.21 and didn’t qualify for the semi-finals
100m breaststroke: Placed 23rd overall in the heats in 1:01.25 and didn’t qualify for the semi-finals

Clayton Jimmie
50m freestyle: Finished 7th in his heat in 22.74 and placed 43rd overall (out of 90 swimmers) and didn’t qualify for the semi-finals
100m freestyle:
Finished 7th in his heat in 50.68 and placed 55th overall, and didn’t qualify for the semi-finals

Chad Le Clos
50m butterfly: Placed 33rd overall from the heats in 23.86 and didn’t qualify for the semi-finals
100m butterfly: Withdrawn
200m butterfly: Withdrawn

Matthew Sates
200m freestyle: Placed 14th overall in 1:47.28 and qualified for the semi-final. There he swam  1:46.63 to finish joint 5th but missed out on a place in the final, with 17-year-old Romanian David Popovici swimming a world junior record of 1:44.40 to qualify fastest.
400m freestyle:
Did not start
200m Individual Medley: Finished 2nd in his heat in 1:58.61 and qualified 7th fastest for the semi-finals. There he went quicker, his 1:57,84 qualifying him 8th fastest for the final. There he finished 8th in 1:58.27.
400m Individual Medley: Placed 11th overall in 4:14.81 and did not qualify for the final
100m butterfly: Finished 10th in his heat in 54.17 which placed him 41st (out of 65 swimmers) overall and did not qualify for the final

Women

Emma Chelius
50m freestyle: Finished 3rd in her heat in 24.87 and qualified for the semi-finals 7th fastest overall out of 82 starters;. She swam the exact time in the semi-finals for 9th overall, narrowly missing out on a place in the final
100m freestyle: Finished 8th in the final heat in 55.39, which was 22nd fastest overall and missing out on a place in the semi-finals

Amica de Jager
(5km, 27 June)
(10km, 29 June)
(Mixed 4x1500m, 26 June)

Stephanie Houtman
1500m freestyle: Placed 21st overall in 17:08.12 and did not qualify for the final

Olivia Nel
50m backstroke:Finished 7th in her heat in 29.06 and placed 23rd overall, missing out on a place in the semi-finals
100m backstroke:
Placed 25th overall in 1:02.95 and did not qualify for the semi-final

Lara van Niekerk
50m breaststroke: She won her 50m breaststroke heat in an African record 29.77, which qualified her the fastest from the heats heading into the semi-finals. She won her semi-final as well, in 29.99, to qualify third fastest for the final. In the final she took the bronze medal in 29.90. Her performance means South Africa have claimed a medal at every long course World Championships since Roland Schoeman’s bronze in the 50m freestyle at the 2001 event.
100m breaststroke: Placed 10th overall in 1:06.75 and qualified for the semi-final. There she led in the first semi-final at the turn, but tired in the last 20m to finish 7th, also in 1:06.75, but that left her in 13th place after the semis and missing out on a place in the final. “It was actually an amazing experience … I enjoyed that moment so much, walking out there and experiencing all that. I definitely felt a bit nervous but it was good nerves. I saw at the turn that I was in front so I just tried to keep that gap, but I did die a bit at the end. I’m excited about the 50. With all the speed and all the starts that we’ve been practising I think the 50 is going to be the better one – and we focused more on the 50 for world champs.”

Catherine van Rensburg
(5km, 27 June)
(10km, 29 June)
(Mixed 4x1500m, 26 June)

ARTISTIC SWIMMING

Sky MacDonald: Placed 32nd in the women’s duet free preliminaries with Xera Maharaj
Laura Strugnell
Xera Maharaj: Placed 27th in the women’s solo free preliminaries. Placed 32nd in the women’s duet free preliminaries with Skye Macdonald
Ayrton Sweeney

WATERPOLO

Group C: Team SA’s men went down 22-4 to Italy. They also lost 28-2 to Spain
Group B: Team SA’s women went down 7-6 to Argentina. They also lost 22-4 to the United States and 22-1 to the Netherlands.