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Gold, two silver and three bronze medals for the South African swimming team at the Commonwealth Youth Games

Gold, two silver and three bronze medals for the South African swimming team at the Commonwealth Youth Games
Samoa, Tuesday, 8th September 2015 – Mzansi’s rising talent produced more sparkling performances during the second day of the swimming programme at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa with an additional six medals (one gold, two silver and three bronze).

Winning his second gold medal, Zane Waddell was over the moon with his time of 25.94 in the 50m backstroke ahead of Northern Ireland’s Conor Ferguson in 26.19 and New Zealand’s Bayley Main in 26.42.
Erin Gallagher and Kaylene Corbett both scooped the silver medals in their respective races.

Gallagher came second in the 100m freestyle, clocking 55.63, while Corbett’s time of 1:10.62 earned her the silver in the 100m breaststroke final.
In the 100m breaststroke, James Isemonger finished with the bronze medal in 1:04.03, behind Malaysia’s Fu Kang Wong in 1:03.36 and England’s Edward Baxter in 1:03.72, while Neil Fair also won bronze in the 400m individual medley in 4:28.54, behind Australia’s Clyde Lewis in 4:20.87 and England’s Joe Litchfield in 4:27.49.

In the 4 x 200m freestyle relay, Waddell, Fair, Isemonger and Brendan Levy added a third bronze medal for South Africa with a time of 8:02.84.
In the ladies 50m backstroke final, Nathania van Niekerk just missed out on a medal when she finished 4th with a time of 29.84, while Jamie Reynolds came in 8th in 30.64.
Swimming SA’s High Performance Manager, Dean Price, said:
“We are very happy with the performance of the swimmers. It is tough to travel so many time zones and race but we are very positive and looking to get even more medals in the final two days.
“The Samoans have done a great job organizing the competition and the team is in good spirits” concluded Price.

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