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Four gold and two silver medals for the South African swimming team in Brazzaville

Four gold and two silver medals for the South African swimming team in Brazzaville
Brazzaville, Sunday, 6th September 2015 – The South African swimming team opened the aquatics programme of the 11th All Africa Games in spectacular fashion, claiming six medals (four gold and two silver) and setting two new Championship Records in Brazzaville tonight.

Cameron van der Burgh blew away the opposition in the 100m breaststroke final, securing Mzansi’s first gold medal in a new Championship Record time of 1:00.19, ahead of Egypt’s Yossif Elkamash in 1:02.42 and Tunisia’s Wassim Elloumi in 1:02.79. Alaric Basson finished 6th in the race in 1:03.73.

Myles Brown followed with a gold medal winning performance in the 200m freestyle, touching the wall in a new Championship Record time of 1:47.77. Egypt’s Marwan Elkamash won the silver in 1:48.58 and Tunisia’s Ahmed Mathlouti the bronze in 1:49.29. KZN’s Calvyn Justus ended 4th in the event with a time of 1:49.58.

In the 50m backstroke, Western Province’s Jessica Ashley Cooper was fast off the block to win the title in 29.05, ahead of Botswana’s Naomi Ruele in 29.70 and Seychelles’ Alexus Laird in 30.07.
Limpopo’s Rita Naude finished 5th in 30.58.

The ladies were not done for the night as Rene Warnes, Marlies Ross, Charlise Oberholzer and Karin Prinsloo grabbed the gold medal in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay in 8:20.28.
Prinsloo also went on to win the silver in the 100m freestyle with a time of 55.69, ahead of Egypt’s Rwan Elbadry in 57.03 and behind gold medalist Farida Osman, also from Egypt, in 55.41.
South Africa’s second silver medal came from Ricky Ellis in the 50m backstroke when he clocked 25.89 behind Egypt’s Mohamed Samy in 25.71.
In other results, Ross finished 4th in the 400m freestyle in 5:01.79, while Megan van Wyk came in 6th in the same event in 5:03.06. Ross also ended in 5th place in the 100m freestyle in 57.94.

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