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Liss leads medal rush

Jessica Liss, Murray McDougall and Heinrich Alberts clocked African records on a night of action-packed swimming on the second day of the eighth African Junior Championships in Mauritius.

The evening session was worth nine gold, six silver and eight bronze to SA, to take the national team’s total to 24 gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze after two days of the four-day championships.

In the 12 to 14 years age group Port Elizabeth-based Liss bettered her 100 metres breaststroke time of 1min 13.04sec set in the morning heats session, to take gold in the final in a continental best of 1:12.72. She also set an African best in the 200m individual medley, finishing in 2:22.52.

In the 15 to 16 year’s category, KwaZulu Natal’s McDougall (27.12 in the 50m backstroke) and Limpopo’s Alberts (56.36 in the 100m butterfly), also set new African age group records.

Fresh from his triple gold medal success on the opening night, Western Province’s Zaahir Gamiet collected a further winner’s medal, in taking the 50m backstroke honours in 28.69 in the under 13 to 14 years age group.

ÔÇ£In competing in international events in 2009, SA swimming has once again shown its depth in quality across all age groups and at senior level,ÔÇØ said Swimming SA CEO Shaun Adriaanse.

ÔÇ£The performances achieved by our young swimmers during the African Junior Championships in Mauritius, is a sign of a healthy future for the sport with much talent to be nurtured as far as building stars for major international events in years to come is concerned.ÔÇØ