Team South Africa scooped two medals on the first day of the Monaco leg of the Mare Nostrum series on Saturday.
The first medal of the evening came from Neil Versfeld, who scooped the bronze medal in the 200-metre breaststroke with a time of 2min 16.06sec behind Japan’s Ryo Tateishi in 2:12.93 and Naoya Tomita in 2:14.44. Versfeld also finished fifth in the 50m breaststroke quarter-finals in 28.36.
Bianca Meyer won her first medal of the series, claiming SA’s second bronze in the 400m individual medley with a time of 4:49.67. Britain’s Hannah Miley took the gold in 4:35.89 while Zimbabwean veteran Kirsty Coventry walked away with the silver in 4:45.28. SA’s Jessica Liss finished just out of the medals, fourth in 4:57.84.
Myles Brown came very close to his first medal when he also finished fourth, in the 400m freestyle race. Brown clocked 3:59.11. In the 200m butterfly, Dylan Bosch ended sixth in 2:02.55 while Natasha de Vos claimed another fourth for South Africa, in the 200m backstroke in 2:15.31.
In the 50m freestyle quarter-final, Roland Schoeman claimed top spot with his time of 22.31, the final of the event scheduled to be swum on Sunday.
In the remaining quarter-final, Rohan Jacobs and Reynard Wessels finished sixth and eight respectively in the 50m butterfly.
The final day of the Mare Nostrum Series will be wrapped up on Sunday.