It was a quiet day for Team South Africa during Thursday night’s fifth evening session of the FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona.
Karin Prinsloo was just 0.03sec short of breaking her own African record in the 100-metre freestyle semi-final, when she finished the race in 14th place with a time of 55.00. Prinsloo will be back in the water on Friday, swimming the 200m backstroke.
In the 200m backstroke semi-final, Darren Murray ended in 16th place, clocking 2:02.12.
ÔÇ£We are quite happy with today’s performances, considering that both Karin and Darren have now progressed for the second time to the semi-final stages of their events. Karin’s performance was particularly good as she just missed her African record.ÔÇØ said Shaun Adriaanse, Swimming SA CEO.
Earlier on in the morning heats session, 17-year-old Tara Nicholas ended the 200m breaststroke race in 31st place with a time of 2:34.41.
Friday’s programme will include Olympians Roland Schoeman in the 50m freestyle and Chad le Clos in the 100m butterfly as well as Trudi Maree in the 50m butterfly and Kyna Perreira in the 800m freestyle.
Team South Africa currently have four medals banked so far ÔÇô two golds, a silver and a bronze.