The swimmers have finished competing at the Tokyo Olympics. This is how Team SA fared across the codes on Saturday.
Women’s 400m hurdles, heats: Wenda Nel is through to the semi-finals after finishing third in her heat in 56min 06sec. The first four in each heat qualified. Her time placed her 27th on the overall time sheets. “It was not a smooth race but I enjoyed it. I might have been a bit lucky to get a slower heat, but I definitely have more to show and more to give. I’m about a second off my season’s best, so I can go quicker next round. Hopefully I’ll dip under that 56sec mark.”
Men’s 100m, heats:
Shaun Maswanganyi finished third in his heat in 10.12 to qualify for the semi-finals. Gift Leotlela won his heat in 10.04 to qualify for the semi-finals.
Akani Simbine won his heat in 10.08 to qualify for the semi-finals.
Men’s long jump, qualifying: Cheswill Johnson failed to record a distance and withdrew injured and Ruswahl Samaai had a best of 7.74m and qualified 22nd, missing out on a place in the 12-man final. That was a big surprise.
Men’s competition, 3rd round: Christiaan Bezuidenhout shot a third-round 68 for a 54-hole total of 206 (T17), and seven shots behind leader Xander Schauffele (199). Garrick Higgo posted a 70 to add to his opening pair of 71s for 212.
Women’s Pool A – South Africa 3 India 4: South Africa went down in a titanic struggle to India and have ended their competition. They lost all five games – to Ireland, Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany and India. Scores against India were locked at 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3 after each of the first three quarters before a 49th-minute goal sealed it. South Africa’s goals were scored by Tarryn Glasby (15th min), Erin Hunter (30th min) and Marizen Marais (39th min) as they fought back from going behind three times.
Women’s 50m freestyle, semi-finals: Emma Chelius finished sixth in her semi-final in 24.64, which left her as 14th fastest and missing out on a spot in the final.
Men’s Group A – South Africa 5 Greece 28: South Africa lost again as they conceded nine goals in the final quarter. The first three quarters had ended with Greece in front 7-1, 12-3 and 19-4.