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Gamiet leads the way

Western Province swim sensation Zaahir Gamiet finished with nine gold medals as SA’s rising swim talent dominated on the final day of the eighth African Junior Championships held in Mauritius.
Gamiet was involved in setting two new Championship marks during the final session of the event ÔÇô in clocking 54.72sec in the 100 metres freestyle before joining Hardus Louw, Craig Emslie and Matthew Bowers, in finishing the 4x100m medley in 4: 10.69, both in the 12-14 years age group.
Yesterday’s races apart, Gamiet’s golden wave of success at the championship consisted of triumphs in the 100 metres butterfly, 50 metres freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay, 50 metres butterfly, 100 metres backstroke, 200 metres freestyle and 50 metres backstroke.

Jessica Liss collected four gold medals at the four-day gala, in setting a Championship best of 34.01 in the 50m breaststroke final (12-14 years age group).

During the Championships, KwaZulu Natal’s Murray McDougal made five trips to the medal podium to collect gold.

On the final day, he set a championship record time of 57.18 in the 100m backstroke (15-16 years age group) before joining Fabian Ruszcynski, Heinrich Alberts, Brett Walsh in setting a championship record time of 3:56.89 in the 4 x 100 metres medley relay.

The SA team finished the championships at the top of the medal standings with 50 gold medals, 25 silver and 23 bronze.

In reaction to the performances, Swimming SA CEO Shaun Adriaanse said: ÔÇ£On behalf of Swimming SA, I wish to congratulate the swimmers on their achievements and trust that the experience gained will stand them in good stead as far as taking their respective swimming careers to the next level.ÔÇØ