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Medals for Chad, Samantha

Chad le Clos and Samantha McIntosh picked up a further two medals for Team South Africa at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore on Friday.

Le Clos added another silver to his collection when he finished second in the 200-metre butterfly final. The KwaZulu-Natal swimmer touched in 1min 56.85sec. The race was won by Hungary’s Bence Biczo in 1:55.89. Le Clos now has three silvers and a gold at the Games. Team South Africa now have seven medals, six of them in the pool and one in equestrian.

Meanwhile Pretoria’s McIntosh rode her way to a bronze medal for the African continent at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore on Friday.

The South African was part of a combined African team in the equestrian event and finished third behind Europe and Australia. Other African countries represented in the team were Zimbabwe, Algeria, Libya and Egypt. The riders all competed on horses especially trained for the event in Queensland, Australia.

Le Clos set himself up for more silverware in the morning heats when he placed second in his heat. He clocked 2:02.07 to go through to the evening final as sixth fastest.

Also in the pool Taryn-Anne McKenzie ended seventh in her heats of the 200m breaststroke, touching in 2min 29.33 compared to heat winner Rachel Nicol of Canada’s 2:31.57 (she was 13th fastest in the heats) and Natasha de Vos was sixth in her 400m freestyle heat (4:33.68). Her heat was won by Britain’s Eleanor Faulkner in 4:14.75.

Then in the 4x100m mixed relay Team SA ended fifth in their heat. Oneida Cooper, Dylan Bosch, Le Clos and Kyla Ferreira posted a combined time of 4:06.14 behind heat winners Russia (4:00.67)and ended ninth fastest

In gymnastics competition our Lolanthea Louw ended 11th in the trampoline with a score of 40.70. Fellow trampoliner Reinhard Huisamen finished 12th in the boys’ category with a score of 28.100.

There was still no change in the fortunes of our girls hockey side who lost their fourth preliminary match on the trot, going down 4-0 to New Zealand after defeats to Argentine, Netherlands and Korea.