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Team SA latest ÔÇô Oct 5

While Natalie du Toit claimed gold in the S9 50m freestyle freestyle in Delhi, wrestlers Richard Addinall and Bella-Lufa Hughes won silvers to lift the overall medal tally to five.

Du Toit won in 29.17, which is a new Games Record, but was pushed all the way by Australia’s Annebelle Williams.

The win completed a remarkable treble for Du Toit, who won the event in Manchester in 2002 and Melbourne in 2006.

Earlier in the day Jean Basson qualified fastest in the men’s 200 metres freestyle while Roland Schoeman (50 metres butterfly in 23.76) and Cameron van der Burgh (100 metres breaststroke) advanced to the semi-finals. Sebastien Rousseau and Darian Townsend failed to reached the semi-finals.

Basson, though, could not repeat his earlier swim and finished fourth in the final.

Schoeman, in the semi-finals, swam 2nd in 23.75 to advance to the final as third fastest overall. Schoeman is the Games record holder in the event with a time of 23.14 in Melbourne in 2006.

Addinall beat Australia’s Hassan Shahsavan in the 74 kg Greco-Roman at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, but was outclassed in the final by local favourite Sanjay.

England crushed South Africa’s netball medal prospects at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi on Tuesday. South Africa, who were competitive in the first quarter and trailed 15-12, lost ground as the match progressed and at the final whistle England had done justice to the bookmakers spread with a comprehensive 54-36 win. The spread on an English win was 19 points.

England, ranked higher than South Africa in the Commonwealth and the World, are now favoured to advanced to the play-offs with Group favourites New Zealand. South Africa play Barbados next and are unlikely to threaten New Zealand’s dominance later in the week.

Goal Shooter Chrisna Bootha lamented South Africa’s slow start in not putting England under pressure from the outset.

‘We started off slowly, which was disappointing, however there were some great moments where we controlled the game and had England sweating. Overall it was a great team effort,’ said Bootha who felt the English defence to be a step up to what she has experienced internationally.

‘It was tough for me, it was a first for me to be playing against [England goal defence] Sonia [MKOLOMA]. I did the best I could, but I can only get better if I play more games.’

Bootha said that despite the setback and the prospect of New Zealand in Game three the South Africans simply had to work harder, fight harder and prove themselves capable of competing with the best.

South Africa’s coach Carin Strauss said England had too much ball speed for the South Africans who had suffered from not playing matches recently against quality opposition like England.

All the South African wrestlers were in action on Tuesday, as are the Men’s hockey team against Canada, while South Africa also has an interest in Lawn Bowls, Archery, Table Tennis, Gymnastics and Cycling on Tuesday.

Septimus Cilliers will be hoping to continue his good form in the Team event as the South Africans face Bangladesh in the round of 16.

Bernard Esterhuizen, in the 1000 metres Time Trial, ended sixth.

South Africa’s Men’s Table Tennis team plays Australia on Tuesday evening (Delhi time).

18 Event gold medals are up for grabs on day two of the Games.

More to follow …