Team South Africa grabbed another five medals on the third and penultimate day of the Brazilian Open Swimming Championships in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, writes Mark Etheridge.
The latest medal haul brings the para-swimming team’s tally to 14 medals in total, after totals of five and four on the first two days.
Cape Town’s Achmat Hassiem was the stand-out swimmer of the day with two medals, including the only gold medal won by South Africa. That came in the men’s 400 metres freestyle (S10) where he touched in 4min 26.38sec.
There was another medal in the men’s 400m, Hendrik Herbst swimming to his third medal of the championships with a silver in the S11 category (5:09.53).
Other swimmers in action in the 400m free were James Bezuidenhout (fourth, S9, 5:03.65) and Charl Parkin, ninth in the same race, 5:53.93.
All the day’s other medals were bronze, Hassiem getting his second medal of the day in the 100m butterfly where he swam a 1:01.67 in the S10 class.
The other two bronzes went to the girls, Adri Visser in the S5 200m freestyle (4:04.67) and Shireen Sapiro S10, in the 100m butterfly where she clocked 1:21:59. Visser also swam the 50m butterfly and came third (1:01:09) but there was no medal due to lack of competition.
Once again Sapiro was also denied a medal due to lack of competition, this time in the S10 400m freestyle where she placed second in 5:06:59 but there were only two swimmers.
In the men’s 50m butterfly Tadhg Slattery was disqualified, this after he had to withdraw from an event earlier in the week due to illness.