Every South African a Swimmer

Day 3 of the Para World Swimming Championships in London

Day 3 of the Para World Swimming Championships in London
London, Thursday, 12th September 2019 - The South African team produced another excellent day in the pool at the World Para Swimming Championships in London yesterday, Wednesday, 11th September 2019.

None of the country’s swimmers were involved on the second day of the Championships on Tuesday, but they were back in action the following day.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Christian Sadie finished seventh in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB7 final clocking a new African Record of 1:23.72. Sadie chopped more than a second-and-a-half off his personal best that he posted during the morning heats, which was also a continental record. Colombia’s Carlos Zarate Serrano won the race in a time of 1:11.31.

Franco Smit continued to show-off his fine form at the Championships, smashing the 50m freestyle S12 continental record. He set a new African mark in the morning heats with a time of 25.51 and finished seventh in the evening’s final with a time of 25.30, slicing 0.21secs off the time he set earlier in the day.

Adding to the day of records, Cornelle Leach raced to a new personal best in the women’s 50m freestyle S12 with a time of 32.75. Leach finished 12th overall missing out on a place in the final.

The World Para Swimming Championships is held in the same venue as the London 2012 Paralympics and is a crucial qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Games. The championships will run until September 15.

SA IPC Swimming Team in London are:


Hendrik van der Merwe

Christian Sadie

Hendri Herbst

Franco Smi


Alani Ferreira


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