A new championship record and seven medals (five gold and two silver) were won by the South African swimming team on the fourth day of the 11th African Senior Swimming Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday night.
KZN’s Michelle Webber broke Melissa Corfe’s 2004 championship record of 8min 53.78sec in the 800m freestyle by over three seconds with a fast 8min 50.45sec. Kyna Pereira finished with the silver in 9:05.77 and Egypt’s Reem Hussein with the bronze in 9:16.70.
Another gold and silver performance was seen in the 100m butterfly with veteran Olympian Mandy Loots and Rene Warnes taking the top two spots in 1:00.64 and 1:03.40 respectively, while Algeria’s Fella Bennaceur won the bronze in 1:04.39.
Seventeen-year-old Tara Nicholas raced to the 100m breaststroke title, clocking a fast 1:12.47 to Egypt’s silver and bronze medalists in Mai Abdelfatta (1:13.26) and Rowida Mohamed Tolba (1:14.99).
Myles Brown was victorious on two occasions, first in the 400m freestyle where he touched the wall in 3:57.59, just 0.29secs short of Troy Prinsloo’s 2004 championship record of 3:57.30.
Brown then concluded the fourth day of competition alongside Ricky Ellis, Itumeleng Lesenyeho, and Ayrton Sweeney when they claimed the gold in the 400m freestyle relay in 3:30.52. Egypt and Algeria finished second and third in 3:31.09 and 3:31.45 respectively.