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Gold for Tayla Lovemore on the second day of the 30th Summer Universiade in Napoli

Gold for Tayla Lovemore on the second day of the 30th Summer Universiade in Napoli
Napoli, Friday, 5th July 2019 - Gold for KZN’s Tayla Lovemore during the second day of the 30th Summer Universiade, taking place at the Scandone Swimming Pool in Napoli, Italy.

It was a fight to the finish in the 50m butterfly final, where Lovemore ended with the gold medal in a fast time of 26.25 ahead of Japan’s Ai Soma in 26.38 and South Korea’s Soeun Jeong in 26.41.

Lovemore also swam the 100m freestyle heats, where she qualified for the semi-finals in 8th place, clocking 56.32 but decided to withdraw from the race to focus on her gold medal winning performance in the 50m butterfly.

Tatjana Schoenmaker cruised into the final of the 100m breaststroke, posting 1:06.32 during tonight’s semi-finals and grabbing the top stop, while Kaylene Corbett managed an 11th place finish in 1:08.75.

In the final of the 100m backstroke, Zane Waddell finished 4th in 53.87, just 0.06secs short of the USA’s Justin Ress’s bronze medal time of 53.81, while Michael Houlie came in 5th place in the 100m breaststroke final in 59.92.

The morning heats session saw Brent Szurdoki finish 28th in the 200m freestyle in 1:51.86, while Eben Vorster came in 21st place in the 200m individual medley with a time of 2:03.18.

Joshua Dannhauser just missed out on a spot in the 1500m freestyle final when he concluded the heats in an overall 11th place, clocking 15:39.50.


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Its objective is to encourage the practice of aquatic disciplines for all in South Africa with the purpose of promoting swimming as a life skill through Learn To Swim programmes; providing healthy exercise to South Africans of all ages and races; recruiting recreational swimmers to compete in the various competitions; and promoting competition and athlete development to the highest level. Swimming South Africa is kindly supported by SASCOC, National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Arena, Sport & Recreation SA and Rand Water.