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A total of 78 medals for the South African Swimming Team as the CANA Zone 3 Swimming Championships concluded today

Sudan, Saturday, 17th November 2018 - The CANA Zone 3 Swimming Championships concluded today with the South African swimming team claiming the top spot on the medal table with a total of 78 medals (39 gold, 23 silver and 16 bronze).
A total of 78 medals for the South African Swimming Team as the CANA Zone 3 Swimming Championships concluded today

CANA Zone 3 Swimming Championships 2018

Eastern Cape’s Keagon Mnyaka (15) and KZN’s Kaydn Naidoo (15) won an impressive thirteen medals between them to finish the competition on a high note.

Mnyaka and Naidoo claimed the gold and silver in both the 200m freestyle in 2:09.46 and 2:12.41 and the 100m butterfly in 1:02.61 and 1:04.32, while Naidoo went one better in the 200m individual medley and the 50m butterfly, clocking a winning time of 2:27.28 and 27.15, respectively.

Mnyaka followed with the silver in 2:29.85 in the medley and 27.67 in the butterfly race, while Naidoo also finished first in the 400m freestyle in 4:50.18, the 50m freestyle in 25.73 and the 200m backstroke in 2:28.73.

Mnyaka also added two bronze medals in the 200m backstroke in 2:42.72 and the 100m breaststroke in 1:16.78, while Tully Njoroge was more than happy with a gold medal in the breaststroke event, touching the wall in 1:14.58.

There was no stopping Gauteng’s Kuhlekonke Mkhize (14), who added four gold medals to his tally in the 200m freestyle (2:14.85), the 50m freestyle (27.18), the 200m backstroke (2:37.84) and the 200m individual medley (2:31.48), while also scooping the silver in the 400m freestyle in 4:55.63, the 100m breaststroke in 1:19.27 and the 100m butterfly in 1:14.61.

On the ladies’ side, it was Mpumalanga’s Erica Sibande (15) that was named the top swimmer in her age group after scooping an additional seven gold medals.

Sibande topped the 200m freestyle in 2:36.10, the 50m butterfly in 36.09, the 200m breaststroke in 2:49.33, the 50m freestyle in 31.26, the 100m breaststroke in 1:40.92, the 400m freestyle in 5:26.78 and the final 3km Open Water race.

Leah Christie (13) and Lerato Thobeha (14) shared the medal podium on eight occasions, with Christie winning the gold and Thobeha the bronze in the 200m freestyle in 2:28.67 and 2:35.18, while the 14-year-old took the top spot in the 100m butterfly in 1:15.64 to Christie’s third place finish in 1:25.24.

The remaining six races saw the duo bag silver for Christie and bronze for Thobeha in the 50m butterfly in 31.09 and 31.74, the 100m breaststroke in 1:26.43 and 1:34.90, the 200m individual medley in 2:53.47 and 2:56.13, the 50m freestyle in 30.06 and 31.05, the 400m freestyle in 5:32.01 and 5:37.31 and the 200m breaststroke in 2:56.59 and 2:59.18, respectively.

Final Medal Table:

Position

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

South Africa

39

23

16

78

2

Kenya

22

16

7

45

3

Uganda

12

8

16

36

4

Tanzania

9

11

12

32

5

Sudan

7

22

22

51

6

South Sudan

0

3

2

5

7

Djibouti

0

0

2

2

ENDS

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