Wendy Trott Strikes Gold at Mare Nostrum Gala in France

CANET, France, June 9. WENDY Trott is the golden girl of the SA swim team after powering her way to victory in the 800 metres freestyle final, on the opening night of the three-day Mare Nostrum gala in Canet, France today.

Trott, an ex-Capetonian who is studying international law at the University of Georgia in the US, made her bold bid for the honours with 200 metres to go, taking the gold medal in 8 min 32.70 secs.

"Trott's win was a bonus but the manner in which she held her own in a highly tactical race, was definitely a positive sign for her as she continues her preparations to represent SA at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Rome, Italy from July 26-August 2," said national team coaching convenor Dean Price, who is with the SA swimmers in France.

Thabang Moeketsane put in a brave effort in the 50 breaststroke B final, ending in fourth spot in 29.21.

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