SA team shines in Maputo
It was a phenomenal start to the CANA Zone 3 & 4 Championships for the South African swimming team as they claimed six gold, seven silver and six bronze medals on the opening day of the competition in Maputo, Mozambique, on Wednesday.
Besides South Africa, a total of 13 countries are participating in the Championships namely Mozambique, Seychelles, India, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, Angola, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi.
Winning SA’s first gold medal was 13 year-old Savannah Barman, clocking 10:12.93 in the 800m freestyle followed by a gold and silver medal in the 50m breaststroke by 11-year-olds Jeanri Buys and Savanna Best who finished in 36.12 and 37.60 respectively.
In the 13-14 age group category, Helen Taylor won the 50m breaststroke race in 36.06 while Nicolette Ramshaw and Jessica Thomson took the 17 age-group category top spots in 36.76 and 37.41 respectively.
In the U12 100m backstroke, Lize-Mari de Beer finished second in 1:17.40 while Khwezi Duma followed in third, clocking 1:18.19.
Sulè van der Merwe claimed the silver in the 13-14 100m backstroke, touching the wall in 1:10.89 with Chrizalda Smit also winning a silver medal for Mzansi in the 17 and over age group with a time of 1:12.55.
On the men’s side, Kairav Ramsingh and Luke Couzens ended in second and third place in the 13-14 age group 50m breaststroke. Ramsingh’s time was 35.26 to Couzens’ 35.43.
In the 17 and over 50m breaststroke, Nic Greeff finished a close second in 32.21 ahead of teammate Rubin Terblanche, who raced to a third place in 32.23. Later on in the evening, Greeff once again made his way to the medal podium in the 100m backstroke when he touched the wall in 1:05.56, finishing with the bronze.
To conclude the first evening’s finals, the South African ladies 4 x 200m medley relay teams scooped the gold medals in both the U14 and 15 & over age groups in 2:14.80 and 2:12.77 respectively while the men’s U14 team took the bronze in 2:08.02.