PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, April 15. CHARL Bouwer turned up the tempo as he posted a thrilling finish and broke a world record on the fifth day of the Telkom SA National Senior and Youth Championships at the Newton Park Swimming Pool in Port Elizabeth earlier this evening. Three more swimmers added their names to the qualification list for Shanghai.
There was no stopping Cameron van der Burgh as he raced to his second A qualifying time. He booked his place to Shanghai in the 100m breaststroke on Thursday and added the 50m breaststroke A qualifying time tonight. Van der Burgh's fast time of 27.24 saw him claim the gold, almost a second ahead of Neil Versfeld, who ended with a time of 28.15. Giulio Zorzi was third in 28.46.
Kwa-Zulu Natal's Charl Crous finished with a phenomenal time of 55.08 in the 100m backstroke, securing his place to the FINA World Championships while Gerhard Zandberg came second in 55.58 and Darren Murray in third with a time of 55.84.
In the 200m individual medley showdown, Darian Townsend took a lead throughout the race and clocked an A qualifying time of 1:59.06 ahead of Sebastien Rousseau in 2:01.42 and Chad le Clos in 2:02.11.
Chad le Clos grabbed the gold in the 100m butterfly in 53.51 followed by Heinrich Alberts in 54.12 and Garth Tune in 54.39. In the 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke, it was golden girl Karin Prinsloo who once again made the top of the podium with a time of 26.08 and 29.18 respectively.
Natasha de Vos finished first in both the 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle with a time of 2:15.88 and 4:22.62 respectively, while Suzaan van Biljon walked away with the 100m breaststroke title in 1:10.37.
Wendy Trott won her third gold medal in as many days when she ended with a time of 4:11.97 in the 400m freestyle.
Western Province's Paralympian, Charl Bouwer brought the crowd to life when he broke his own multi-disability World record in the 1500m freestyle S13 category in today's morning heats. Bouwer's time was 16:36.31, shedding 0.06 seconds off his previous record. The final for the 1500m freestyle will take place on Friday evening where he will be up against the likes of Heerden Herman, Mark Randall and Chad Ho.
In the evening final multi-disability 50m freestyle race S13, Bouwer claimed the gold in a time of 24.92 ahead of Kevin Paul in 25.85 and Sean Clarke in 26.41, while Craig Groenewald collected the gold in the S14 category of the 50m freestyle with a time of 26.52, Challis Wright was second in 26.72 and Valentino Vergotine in third with 29.37.
The multi-disability golden girls Shireen Sapiro and Yvonne Smith both won their races in the 50m freestyle S10 and S14 categories respectively, while Dianne Saunders won the SB7 50m breaststroke title with a time of 47.55. In the SB5 50m breaststroke race, Paralympian Tadhg Slattery took the gold in 44.77.
In the youth session of the competition, Michaela Barnes was the winner in the 200m backstroke in 2:20.87, while Reynard Wessels took the gold in the 50m freestyle in 23.36 and Marco Husselmann walked away with the gold in the 200m individual medley in 2:06.47.
The synchro 16-18 age group solo gold medal went to Jessica Broughton from the Eastern Province while Nicola David from the Western Province claimed the silver with the bronze going to Lara Lindeque from KZN. The senior section winner was Laura Strugnell, Emma Manners-Wood coming in second and Jennifer Woker in third.
The final day of the Telkom SA National Senior and Youth Swimming Championships will take place tomorrow at the Newton Park Swimming Pool in Port Elizabeth with the heats starting at 09h00 and the finals beginning at 18h00.
List of A Qualification Times:
Wendy Trott – 800 and 1500m freestyle
Michelle Weber – 1500m freestyle
Chad le Clos – 200m butterfly
Gerhard Zandberg – 50m backstroke
Roland Schoeman – 50m butterfly
Cameron van der Burgh – 50 and 100m breaststroke
Vanessa Mohr – 100m butterfly
Riaan Schoeman – 400m individual medley
Heerden Herman – 800m freestyle
Mark Randall – 800m freestyle
Charl Crous – 100m backstroke
Darian Townsend – 200m individual medley
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