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Kelsey claims first medal

It was a great start to the competition for the South African swimming team as they claimed nine medals on the opening day of the CANA Zone 3 & 4 Championships in Botswana on Wednesday night.

The championships continue until Saturday and Team SA’s first-day medal haul consisted of four golds, four silvers and a bronze medal.

First in the water was 12-year-old Taylor-Jade Kelsey, winning the bronze medal in the 50 metre breaststroke with a time of 39.37sec. Later in the evening, Kelsey made her way to the top of the medal podium in the 100m backstroke when she touched the wall in 1:16.32.

In the men’s 12 & under age group, Kairav Ramsingh walked away with gold in the 50m breaststroke (36.64) and the silver in the 100m backstroke (1:13.87)

Nakita Hodgson and Sharne Dicks took the gold and silver in the girls 15 & over age group 50m breaststroke event in 35.43 and 37.30 respectively. The bronze medal went the way of Mary Hawgood from Zimbabwe in 37.69.

It was another gold for the South Africans in the boys 15 & over age group 50m breaststroke event. Christopher Ryan swam a fast 31.16 ahead of Mauritian Darren Chan Chi Wah (31.31) and Zimbabwe’s Luke Isemonger (31.57)

In the 100m backstroke (15 & over age group), Steven Botha’s 1:06.46 won him the silver medal behind Mathieu Marquet in 1:04.84 and ahead of Youg Tie Yang in 1:07.67.

To conclude the first evening’s finals, the South African 4x200m medley relay team bagged the silver medal in the 15 & over age group with a time of 2:14.57.