By Gareth Duncan in Lusaka, Zambia
Team South Africa’s swimming team stretched its overall medal tally to 43 after another outstanding day in the pool at the Zone VI Games.
After winning 21 medals out of a possible 22 on day two, South Africa claimed a maximum of 22 podium finishes from 12 races on day three. This included 12 gold, nine silver and two bronze.
There have also been 19 new tournament records made in total.
Considering each nation has a restriction of two swimmers per final, this was an outstanding performance from the swimmers. The team is seven short from their tournament goal of 50 medals, and should exceed their expectations on the final race day on Monday.
Women’s freestyle specialist Kayla Ferreira has impressed as she’s won five gold medals. This includes three individual first-place finishes in the 50-metre and 100m freestyle, and the 50m butterfly, while she’s also been part of two relay teams.
Neil de Villiers and Reynard Wessels were the male stars on day two, winning three gold medals each. De Villiers excelled in the 50m backstroke and 200m individual medley, while Wessels cruised ahead in the 50m and 100m freestyle. Both swimmers were part of the men’s 4x100m medley relay team, who set a Zone VI record.