NAIROBI, Kenya, September 16. SOUTH Africa closed out the African Long Course Championships with 51 total medals (29 gold, 14 silver, 8 bronze), demonstrating its total dominance of the weeklong competition. It did so without its Olympic medalists such as Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh.
Mandy Loots commenced the final day of action at the meet with a 2:15.85 to capture the women's 200 fly. South African teammate Michelle Weber, 15, placed second in 2:20.41, while Egypt's Marym Rahman El Sayed took third in 2:21.30. Weber returned with a 16:46.46 to win the women's 1500 free. Teammate Kyna Pereira earned second in 17:14.24, while Egypt's Reem Mohamed Hussein snared third in 17:28.34.
South African youngster Nathania Van Niekerk, 13, took home the women's 200 back title in 2:20.30. Compatriot Rene Warnes touched second in 2:21.99, while Egypt's Hania Hany Abdelhamid earned third in 2:22.35.
Kenya's Jason Dunford raced to victory in the men's 50 free with a 23.01, while Algeria's Ous Sahnoune finished second in 23.11. Egypt's Mohamed Abdelmegid wound up third in 23.42. Tunisia's Taki Mrabet finished first in the men's 200 IM with a 2:05.11. South Africa's Michael Meyer (2:06.32) and Ayrton Sweeney (2:06.74) completed the podium.
Egypt's Omar Abo El Soud, Tarek Ehab Mohamed, Ali Morsy Marwan Ahmed and Mohamed Abdelmegid took home the men's 400 medley relay crown in 3:51.29.