Twenty-four South Africans qualified for the Beijing Olympics at last year’s national championships.
They returned from Beijing with a collective haul of 22 African and 24 national records.
Roll on Durban and the Telkom national aquatic championships at King’s Park from April 14-19.
All the country’s top swimmers will be there. They have to be, in order to make the provisional squad for the FINA world championships in Rome from July 17-August 2.
‘The Telkom national aquatic championships always bring out the best in our swimmers and I’m sure that the race for medals, and the chance to post World Championship qualifying times, will ensure that swimming enthusiasts will be in for a treat,’ said Swimming SA CEO Shaun Adriaanse ahead of the event.’
Explaining the importance for nationals on the swimming calendar, Adriaanse said: ‘SA swimming needs to continue building depth across all disciplines, as out of quantity will come quality and the more aquatics competitors that challenge for the honours, the better for our sport.’
Highlights of the last world championships in Melbourne, Australia two years ago were Gerhard Zandberg’s gold in the 50m backstroke (24.98sec) and Roland Schoeman’s 50m butterfly (23.18sec).
Cameron van der Burgh also got bronze in the 50m breaststroke (27.88sec).
The United States swam off with the most medals, 40 in all (21 gold, 14 silver and five bronze).
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