"title": "No stopping Le Clos on Day 4",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2017\/4\/Chad-le-Clos-Swims-170406G300.jpg",
    "body": "<p class=\"MsoNormal\">After four days of competition, South African\u2019s top athletes displayed no signs of slowing down as the Fina World Championships qualification times continue to pour in at the SA National Aquatic Championship in Durban.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">There was no stopping Chad le Clos as he raced to his second Fina World Championships qualifying time in his favorite 200m butterfly. Le Clos\u2019s fast time of 1:55.00 saw him claim the gold, over four seconds ahead of Myles Brown, who ended with a time of 1:59.77. Alard Basson was third in 2:03.86.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">Cameron van der Burgh was once again in top form as he sped to the finish in the 50m breaststroke, claiming his second gold medal in 27.17 ahead of Brad Tandy\u2019s 28.16 and Jared Pike\u2019s 28.34, while Tatjana Schoenmaker led the charge in her respective race and walked away with the gold in 31.61 ahead of Kaylene Corbett in 32.02 and Tara-Lynn Nicholas in 32.44.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">Rebecca Meder, Kate Beavon and Dune Coetzee were all smiles as they confirmed their Fina Junior World Championships qualification times in the 200m freestyle. Meder won the event in 2:02.94, while Beavon claimed the silver in 2:03.13 and Coetzee finished fourth in 2:03.90. The bronze went to Nathania van Niekerk in 2:03.57.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">Matthew Meyer just missed out on the 800m freestyle Fina World Championships qualification time, as he scooped the gold in 7:54.53, to the required 7:54.31, ahead of Josh Dannhauser in 8:01.02 and Chad Michau (16), who added his name to the Fina Junior World Championships qualification list with a time of 8:22.99.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">Mariella Venter booked her second Fina Junior World Championships qualification, this time in the 200m backstroke semi-finals when she clocked 2:13.52, over four second under the required 2:18.41.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">The semifinals of the 50m backstroke saw Jacques van Wyk, Clayton Jimmie and Jack Oliver fill out the top three spots in 26.06, 26.82 and 27.09, while the ladies\u2019 race was contested between Venter, Felicity Passon and Erin Gallagher in 29.04, 29.79 and 29.87 respectively. The finals for both events will take place on Friday.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">Zane Waddell, Douglas Erasmus and Ryan Coetzee will be battling it out for the 100m freestyle gold in tomorrow night\u2019s final, as they concluded Thursday evening\u2019s semifinals in 49.55, 50.26 and 50.74, while Dune Coetzee, Marli Jacobs and Caitlin Kat will be looking for fast times in the 200m butterfly final, having finished the semi-finals in 2:16.27, 2:19.59 and 2:21.27, respectively.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">The 200m individual medley semifinal was dominated by Ayrton Sweeney in 2:01.69, followed by Neil Fair in 2:03.14 and Luan Grobbelaar in 2:07.59, with the final being held tomorrow.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">Paralympian Hendri Herbst won the gold in the 50m freestyle (S1-13) in a fast 27.50, while the first place in the S14-15 category went to Pierre Dellieu in a Deaf Olympics Qualification time of 24.51. Dellieu also grabbed the 50m breaststroke gold in 31.15.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">On the ladies side, Christelle Kriel, who posted a World Para Swimming Championships qualification time in the 100m butterfly earlier in the week, claimed her third and fourth gold medal of the competition in the 50m freestyle (S14-15) in 31.55 and the 50m breaststroke in 43.22, with the S1-13 freestyle gold going to Shannon Martins in 34.73 and the breaststroke title to Cornelle Leach in 44.00.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">The day 5 heats will start at 10am while the finals will begin at 6pm.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">The staging of this event has been made possible through the support provided by Swimming SA partners, Sport and Recreation South Africa, SASCOC, National Lotteries Commission, Arena and Rand Water.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\"><strong>Qualifying Times following Day 04 \u2013 17th FINA World Championships:<\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Cameron van der Burgh \u2013 100m breaststroke \u2013 59.73<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Chad le Clos \u2013 200m freestyle \u2013 1:46.84, 200m butterfly \u2013 1:55.00<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Myles Brown \u2013 200m freestyle \u2013 1:47.55<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\"><strong>Qualifying Times following Day 04 \u2013 6th FINA Junior World Swimming Championships:<\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Dune Coetzee \u2013 100m butterfly \u2013 1:01.04, 200m freestyle\u00a0 \u2013 2:03.90<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Kate Beavon \u2013 200m freestyle\u00a0 \u2013 2:03.13<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Jarryd Baxter \u2013 400m freestyle \u2013 3:51.85, 200m freestyle \u2013 1:50.45<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Chad Michau \u2013 800m freestyle \u2013 8:22.99<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0 \u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0Timothy Sates \u2013 200m freestyle (SF) \u2013 1:52.94<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Rebecca Meder \u2013 200m individual medley \u2013 2:16.24, 1500m freestyle \u2013 16.49.77, 200m freestyle \u2013 2:02.94<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Jenna Pearse \u2013 200m freestyle (SF) \u2013 2:05.89<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Abi Meder \u2013 1500m freestyle \u2013 17:08.15<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Gabi Grobler \u2013 200m individual medley \u2013 2:19.83, 200m freestyle (SF) \u2013 2:05.64<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Christina Mundell \u2013 200m individual medley (SF) \u2013 2:20.51, 100m breaststroke (SF) \u2013 1:11.56<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Michael Houlie \u2013 100m breaststroke \u2013 1:03.20<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Daniel Swanepoel \u2013 100m breaststroke -1:03.07<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Bryce Skea\u2013 100m breaststroke -1:03.07<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Duncan Rudolph\u2013 100m breaststroke (SF) -1:03.36<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Bailey Musgrave\u2013 100m breaststroke (SF) -1:03.56<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Kaylene Corbett \u2013 100m breaststroke \u2013 1:09.46<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Hanim Abrahams \u2013 100m breaststroke \u2013 1:11.18<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Mariella Venter \u2013 100m backstroke \u2013 1:01.53, 200m backstroke (SF) \u2013 2:13.52<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Inge Weidemann \u2013 50m freestyle \u2013 26.26<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\"><strong>Deaf Olympics Qualifiers:<\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Cornelle Loubser - 50 & 100m butterfly<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Mark Roach \u2013 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Pierre Dellieu \u2013 50m freestyle<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Credence Pattinson \u2013 400m freestyle, 50 and 100m backstroke<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\"><strong>World Para Swimming Qualifiers:<\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 David Klopper S2 \u2013 100m backstroke<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Christian Sudie S7, SB7, SM7\u00a0 - 50m butterfly<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Franco Smit S12 \u2013 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Alani Ferreira S13 \u2013 400m freestyle & 100m breaststroke<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"MsoNormal\">\u00a0\u2022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Christelle Kriel S14 \u2013 100m butterfly<\/p>",
    "blurb": "After four days of competition, SA\u2019s top athletes displayed no signs of slowing down as the Fina World Champs qualification times continue to pour in at the SA National Aquatic Championship in Durban.",
    "date": "2017-04-06T23:34:34",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "supersport.com",
    "img_credit": "Chad le Clos \u00a9 Gallo Images",
    "category": "SA Swimming",
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