Every South African a Swimmer

Day 05 of the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea

Day 05 of the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea
Gwangju, Wednesday, 17th July 2019 - The South African men’s Water Polo team celebrated a well deserved draw, following their second match of the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, today.

After the team presented some strong opposition in many areas of the pool, the final score against New Zealand was 8-8.

Etienne le Roux, Captain of the SA men’s Water Polo team had this to say after the match: “We are very happy and disappointed at the same time but a draw at the World Champs is actually amazing for us.

“We were up the whole game and slowed down towards the end but we are happy with a draw” concluded Le Roux.

Le Roux also scored one of the goals, with the rest coming from Timothy Rezelman (two), Jason Evezard (two), Nicholas Rodda (two) and Dylan Cronje (one).

New Zealand got their goals through Matthew Small (two), Matthew Lewis (one), Ryan Pike (one), Nicholas Stankovich (one), Anton Sunde (one), Sean Bryant (one) and Matthew Bryant (one).


In the women’s 5km Open Water race, Michelle Weber finished 32nd with a time of 59:54.6, ahead of team-mate Robyn Kinghorn, who ended in 42nd place in 1:01:50.0.

Weber and Kinghorn, as well as Chad Ho and Danie Marais will feature in their final Open Water event of the competition tomorrow, the Mixed 5km Relay.

Laura Strugnell, Faith Adonis, Courtney Musson, Nadine Vaarland, Emma Manners-Wood, Nina Smith, Tayla-Jade van Huyssteen and Sarah Williams finished the Artistic Swimming’s Team Free Preliminaries in 26th place with 67.1333 points.

Tomorrow’s programme will also see Strugnell, Manners-Wood, Adonis, Musson, Shannon Whyte, Vaarland, Sabrina Otto, Chloe Dundas-Starr, Smith, Giulia Torino, Van Huyssteen and Williams in the Artistic Swimming’s Free Combination Preliminaries.


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