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The South African swimming team open the African Junior Swimming Championships with sixteen medals

The South African swimming team open the African Junior Swimming Championships with sixteen medals
Cairo, Saturday, 17th October 2015 - A phenomenal start for the youth of Mzansi as the African Junior Swimming Championships got underway in Cairo, Egypt today. The South African swimming team opened the competition with a total of sixteen medals (five gold, five silver and six bronze).

Michael Houlie (15) was victorious and set a new Championship Record of 29.46 in the 50m breaststroke, with the silver going to Algeria’s El Hadj Abd Errezak in 30.16 and the bronze to Egypt’s Zeiad Ragab Saad in 30.36.

In the 100m butterfly, 13 year old Dune Coetzee won her race in 1:04.29, while Khwezi Duma (14) grabbed the bronze in 1:06.09. The silver medal went to Egypt’s Yassmina Moahmed in 1:05.54.
Coetzee also claimed silver in the 100m freestyle later in the evening with a time of 1:00.76, while her teammate Rebecca Meder won gold in 59.63. The bronze went to Egypt’s Maiar Mohamed in 1:01.20.
Duma was also not done for the night as she went one better and claimed the silver medal in the 100m backstroke, clocking 1:07.72, while 13 year old Carissa van Rooyen scooped the gold in 1:06.93.

Maria Heymans (16) and Gabriella Grobler (16) were the gold and silver duo in the 200m breaststroke, finishing in 2:38.50 and 2:39.07 respectively, while the bronze in the event was won by Egypt’s Nada Samir in 2:39.80.
SA’s Luan Grobbelaar (13) made his way to the medal podium on three occasions, winning silver in the 200m freestyle in 2:00.74, bronze in the 50m butterfly in 27.47 and another bronze in the 100m backstroke in 1:01.91.
Gawie Nortje (14) won the bronze in the 200m freestyle in 2:00.98.
It was silver for Jack Oliver (15) in the 200m backstroke with a time of 2:14.76 ahead of Egypt’s Hussien Mostafa in 2:15.28 and behind Tunisia’s Fares Jlassi in 2:11.24.
Roberto Gomes (15) claimed the bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle in 16:07.77, with the gold going to Egypt’s Mohamed Hegazy in 16:01.75 and the silver to Algeria’s Mohamed Djaballah in 16:04.49.
In the 100m backstroke, Kristen Straszacker (15) won bronze in a time of 1:06.14, while Zimbabwe’s Robyn Lee won the gold in a new Championship Record of 1:05.07 and the silver went to Tunisia’s Rim Ouennich in 1:05.91.

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