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Swimmers up tally to 25

By Mark Etheridge

The South African swimming team continued its wave of medal-winning performances on the second day of competition at the Zone VI Games in Swaziland on Monday.

On Sunday they grabbed 12 medals and on Monday they went one better to bring another 13 to take the tally to 25 at these championships for athletes under the age of 20 years old.

The swimmers are the only code to reach a final after two days of competition and at the way they are going there is no reason not to expect a final haul of 50 medals from the 39-strong contingent.

Param Naidoo, the swimming head coach, said: ‘Obviously we’re very happy with giving youth a chance to excel on the international stage and seeing them produce the results.

‘I look at swimmers like Kern Fredericks and Tshiamo Tshabalala and can see them making waves in the years ahead. It’s exciting to see,’ Naidoo added.

In other developments on Monday:

The women’s netball team remained unbeaten, with a 52-25 win over Swaziland, having also outscored Zambia 66-32.

The women’s soccer side trounced Swaziland 4-0, following a 1-1 draw with Mozambique on Sunday.

But the women’s basketball team slumped to their second straight defeat, going down 55-41 to Mozambique.

Good news for the boxers was that Edward Kakome, in the 51kg category, reached the quarter-finals with a 10-8 points verdict over his Angolan opponent.