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Schoeman off the pace

It was a quiet day for the South African swimmers on the third day of the Fina World Swimming Short Course Championships in Dubai on Friday.

Neil Versfeld and Roland Schoeman were in action in the 200m breaststroke and 50m butterfly finals respectfully.

Schoeman, who is still suffering from a chest infection, was only 0.05 seconds away from qualifying for the finals of the 50m butterfly but finished 10th overall in a time of 22.98.  

ÔÇ£It is frustrating when your mind is right there but your body is not quite able to perform. I swam faster times at the recent World Cup Series and that hurts. There is not much I can do about it and hope that I will feel better tomorrow when I swim the 50m breaststroke,ÔÇØ said Schoeman.

Steffen Deibler was the fastest qualifier with a time of 22.57 seconds, slower than the time of 22.49 that Schoeman achieved at the World Cup in Stockholm.

Versfeld gave it his all in the 200m breaststroke, finishing tied fourth in the event with the German Marco Koch in 2:05.15. Naoya Tomita from Japan won in a new championship record time of 2:03.12.

ÔÇ£It was really nice to get some hard swimming in against top opposition. I am starting to build towards next year’s long course World Championships, but am happy with my performance here,ÔÇØ said Versfeld.

In the 200m individual medley morning heats, Durbanite Chad le Clos finished in 12th position in a time of 1:56.00.

Leone Vorster swam to a 17th place in the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:08.33.

In his first race of the competition, Herman Heerden ended 22nd overall in a time of 3:46.77.

Kathryn Meaklim was 31st in 100m breaststroke in 1:10.02 while William Diering was 20th in 200m breaststroke in 2:09.15.

The women’s 4x100m medley relay team concluded the evening finals in 9th place with a time of 4:00.75.