With three more medals added to their haul, Team South Africa wrapped up the second evening’s competition at the Tokyo leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup on Thursday.
They took home a silver and two more bronzes in the last but one leg of the series. In one of the closest finishes of the evening, Roland Schoeman claimed silver in the 50-metre freestyle. Touching the wall only 0.07 seconds behind Australia’s Kyle Richardson and 0.01sec ahead of Germany’s Steffen Deibler, Schoeman ended with a time of 21.49. Richardson’s time was 21.42 and Deibler’s 21.50.
After winning the bronze in the 100m individual medley on Wednesday, Darian Townsend added another two bronze medals to his name on Thursday, this time in the 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley.
Townsend clocked 1:44.47 behind Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda (1:43.93) and Canada’s Brian Johns (1:44.13) in the 200m freestyle race and then came home in 1:55.21 behind Austria’s Markus Rogan (1:53.85) and Brazil’s Thiago Pereira (1:54.82) in the 200m individual medley.
Schoeman, Townsend, Lyndon Ferns and Du Rand will now be continuing on to the fifth leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup taking place in Berlin (30 – 31 October) where they will be joined by Kathryn Meaklim and Mandy Loots.