Sebastien Rousseau smashed his own African┬á200m butterfly record, as four SA swimmers posted World Championship┬áqualifying times during the evening session on the opening day of the Telkom┬áSA National Aquatics Championships at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre.
Rousseau, a matric pupil at Abbotts College in Cape Town, clocked 1 min┬á55.51sec, to eclipse his previous continental best of 1:58.03 in the┬ásemi-finals of the event.
ÔÇ£The aim was to clock around 1:56 in the semi-final and hold some energy┬áback for the final, and I still can’t believe the time I clocked,ÔÇØ said┬áRousseau, who stopped schooling in his matric year at SACS last year in┬áorder to focus on his performance at the Beijing Olympics.
Roland Schoeman punched the air with delight after clocking 21.81 in the 50m freestyle semi-final ÔÇô well within the World Championship qualifying┬áA level mark of 22.33 and quicker than his morning heats time of 21.83.
Arizona-based Jean Basson, fresh from clocking 4:08.92 in the 500 yards┬áfreestyle at the college championships in Texas, USA, which is the 4th┬áfastest time ever over the distance, took the SA title in the 400m┬áfreestyle in 3:48.58 ÔÇô another World Championship A level qualifying time.
Cameron van der Burgh clocked 1:00.28 in the semi-finals of the 100m┬ábreaststroke to join the shortlist of swimmers for possible selection to┬árepresent SA at the world showpiece in Rome in July.
Earlier, Bedfordview-based Paralympic 100 metres backstroke gold medalist
Shireen Sapiro set a world record of 2 min 33.18 in the 200m┬ábackstroke in the S10 (limited mobility classification), to get the national┬áchampionships off to a thrilling start.