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Westridge’s Taufeez wins three more gold medals

The Telkom SA Level 1 Regional Championships in Sasolburg, Bloemfontein and Oudtshoorn continued to deliver superb performances on the second day of the competition, particularly in the 10 and under and 11-year- age groups.

In Oudtshoorn, Taufeeq James (Westridge Swimming Club), who on day one of the championships won two gold medals and was promoted to the Level 2 competition in the 200m breaststroke, continued where he left off on Saturday. Taufeeq won three more golds in the 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke. There is no doubt that this young talent has the ability to go far in the sport. His versatility over the different disciplines being testament to that.

From Walmers Swimming Club, Marcus Gunton’s performance in the┬á 200m breaststroke on the first day has clearly spurred him on as he won gold in the 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke in the 12-year-old age category.

Not to be outdone 13 year-old Christoffel Van Zyl (Barracudas) bagged three golds yesterday, coming up trumps in the 200m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke.

Whilst on the ladies side there was also some top class racing. Anine Van Rooyen (Barracudas), Savanna Best (Cape Dolphins) and Kara Schwulst (Aquabear) were a class apart in the 10 and under age group. Van Rooyen winning gold in the 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke, Savanna Best proving too strong in the 100m backstroke (edging Bailey Desmarais who had three golds and a silver on day one) and Kara Schwulst the strongest in the 50m butterfly.

The Kenyan contingent will no doubt be in high spirits, after Alexander Onyango and Nobby Obuya claimed a gold and silver medal on the day.

In Bloemfontein there were a number of stand-outs winning multiple medals with the pick of the crop being Reuben Schoeman (Trident) who won five gold medals over the last two days. Schoeman was triumphant in the 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.

In the girls 13 age group Nothando Msomi has raised eyebrows with her swimming. The News NN swimmer won three golds (200m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, 200m IM) and a silver in the 200m freestyle.

Ten-year-old Celine Els (Seals) was also impressive with her victories in the 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle.

Moving further North to Sasolburg, Louw Oberholzer is a man on a mission. On day one he pocketed three golds and one silver. On day two he repeated that feat. Only Farr Evan was able to beat him in the 200m freestyle. In all his other races, the 12-year-old Oberholzer from Diadora Aquatics was in a class of his own in winning the 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke.