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Day three of the XII CANA African Swimming Championships brings more medals for the South African Swimming Team

Bloemfontein, Tuesday, 18th October 2016 - After three days of competition, the South African Swimming Team has no intention of slowing down as the medals continued to pour in at the XII CANA African Swimming Championships at the Stadium Swimming Pool in Bloemfontein today.
Day three of the XII CANA African Swimming Championships brings more medals for the South African Swimming Team

XII CANA African Swimming Championships 2016

Port Elizabeth’s Kaylene Corbette (17) led the South African charge, winning the 50m breaststroke final and breaking the 2008 Championship Record of 32.64, when she touched the wall in a golden time of 32.58. Teammate Hanim Abrahams came a close second in 33.08 and Egypt’s Mai Atef third in 33.44.

In the 400m freestyle, it was Caitlin Kat who came out tops in 4:24.74. SA’s Jessica Whelan was in the lead for the first three laps but Kat’s sprint in the last 200m proved too strong and Whelan finished with the bronze in 4:29.68, while Algeria’s Souad Nefissa Cherouna came second in 4:26.44.

Mariella Venter was quick off the block in the 100m backstroke, easily winning the race in 1:02.44, over three seconds ahead of Seychelles’ Alexus Laird in 1:05.53 and Egypt’s Ingy Abouzaid in 1:06.50.

Martin Binedell and Neil Fair were too quick for Egypt’s Ahmed Hamdy, walking away with the gold and silver in the 200m backstroke in 2:03.43 and 2:04.33, respectively, to Hamdy’s bronze time of 2:07.45.

In the 50m butterfly, Douglas Erasmus added another gold medal to the host nation’s tally in 24.33, while Alard Basson claimed the bronze in 24.83 and Egypt’s Hassan Yasser the silver in 24.64.

Algeria grabbed their second gold of the competition in the 100m freestyle, with Oussama Sahnoune claiming the gold in a new Championship Record time of 49.60 ahead of Mzansi’s Calvyn Justus in 50.21 and Egypt’s Mohamed Samy in 50.29.

The 4 x 100m freestyle ladies relay saw Algeria take home the gold in 4:00.92 ahead of Egypt in 4:06.62, while the South African team was disqualified due to a false start.

In the men’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay, Myles Brown, Josh Dannhauser, Brent Szurdoki and Calvyn Justus claimed the gold in 7:36.80 to end the evening on a high note ahead of Egypt in 7:38.89 and Morocco in 8:10.37.

The CANA Annual Congress will be held tomorrow, while the athletes take a much-deserved rest day, with the swimming action back on Thursday, 20th October, starting with the heats at 10h00, while the finals will begin at 16h00.

Medal rankings (after day 03):

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

South Africa

17

11

7

35

Algeria

3

4

2

9

Egypt

2

7

11

20

Seychelles

1

1

0

2

Morocco

0

0

2

2

For photos from the XII CANA African Swimming Championships – Day 03, please visit - http://www.superimage.co.za/detail.aspx?i=1647 

ENDS

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