By Mark Etheridge
South African swimmers bagged another four medals on the second and final day of the Chartres leg of the FINA World Cup in France on Sunday evening.
Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh both got more gold while Myles Brown took silver.
The first two continued their fine form from the recent FINA World Cup in Russia as Le Clos won the 100-metre butterfly with yet another Olympic A Qualification time of 51.04sec as Americans Thomas Shields and Tim Phillips took second and third in 51.27 and 52.10sec.
Le Clos also won the 200m backstroke with a time of 1:57.81 to beat Japan’s Keita Sunama by 0.76sec.
Van der Burgh also won his second gold of the Cup with a 100m breaststroke win in 58.97 (also in Olympic A qualifying time). American swimmers once again took silver and bronze in the shape of Nicolas Fink (1:00:00) and Cody Miller (1:00.21).
Brown took silver in the 200m freestyle, his 1:47.55 good for Olympic qualifying standard as well. Aussie Julian Smith was runner-up in 1:46.50 and the host nation’s Jeremy Stavius took bronze in 1:48.11.
The South Africans now head home on Monday to recharge their batteries ahead of the September legs of the World Cup in the Far East cities of Hong Kong and Beijing
Meanwhile, another trio of SA swimmers being their sporting campaign on the other side of the world, San Antonio, Texas to be exact.
The World Deaf Swimming Championships get underway on Monday and all three swimmers are in morning heat action.
Peggy de Villiers goes off in the 200-metre freestyle where she is ranked first. Then there’s Mark Roach in the 100m freestyle where he’s ranked 11th.
The 50m butterfly will see Cornell Loubser start as the second ranked swimmer while De Villiers is also in action over the same distance and stroke. Again she’s ranked first in this event.