By Gareth Duncan in Lusaka, Zambia
Team South Africa’s swimming team won 21 out of a possible 22 medals at the Zone VI Games on Saturday.
In addition to the Amajimbos and Basetsana’s opening day victories over Malawi and Zambia respectively, South Africa continued their impressive start to the Under-20 tournament in the pool.
The swimming team claimed 21 podium finishes, which included 12 gold. There were also eight new event records set.
Jarred Crous was the star of the day, winning two gold medals in the men’s 50 and 100-metre breaststroke. He was ranked second in the squad, but he managed to finish first in both races.
Kelly Gunnell reeled in two gold medals in the women’s 50m and 100m breaststroke, despite not being in her best form because of recent matric exams.
Both men’s and women’s teams won gold in the opening final races – the 4x50m relay – in meeting record times.
The men’s team of Reynard Wessels, Craig Emslie, Clayton Jimmie and Byron Doyle clocked a time of 1:34:32 to finish first.
The women’s team of Kayla Ferriera, Amy Peens, Kirsty Muller and Emma Chelius managed 1:50:00 to win their contest.
‘We are very delighted with our return from the first day,’ SA swimming coach Dougie Eager told RoadtoRio.co.za. ‘The swimmers dominated in the pool. Our goal is to win 50 medals for the nation.’