2019 African Games: South Africa Finishes with 45 Medals, 20 Gold

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 13: Jessica Whelan during the heats session 800m fresstyle for women on day 6 of the SA National Aquatic Championships and Olympic Trials on April 13 , 2016 at the Kings Park Aquatic Center pool in Durban, South Africa. Photo Credit / Anesh Debiky/Swim SA
Jessica Whelan won gold at the African Games. Photo Courtesy: Anesh Debiky/Swimming South Africa

The South African swimming team concluded the aquatics programme of the 2019 African Games in Casablanca, Morocco, tonight with a phenomenal total of 45 medals (20 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze) and claimed the top spot of the medal table.

Jessica Whelan finished the competition on a high note, winning the gold medal in the 200m individual medley in 2:19.44, just over a second ahead of Algeria’s Hamida Nefsi in 2:20.57 and Mzansi’s Christin Mundell in 2:21.70.

Erin Gallagher and Emma Chelius made the perfect duo in the 50m freestyle, scooping the gold and bronze in 24.95 and 25.25 respectively, while Egypt’s Farida Osman won the silver in 25.06.

Gallagher and Chelius were also part of the gold winning 4 x 100m medley relay, alongside Kaylene Corbett and Kerryn Herbst when they finished first in 4:12.42, while the men’s 4 x 100m medley relay team of Martin Binedell, Michael Houlie, Ryan Coetzee and Alaric Basson grabbed the gold medal in 3:40.24.

Herbst and Binedell also won the bronze in their respective 100m backstroke races.

Herbst’s time was 1:03.76 behind the Seychelles’ Felicite Passon in 1:02.42 and Botswana’s Naomi Ruele in 1:02.62, while Binedell posted 56.20 to Algeria’s Abdellah Ardjoune golden 55.02 and Egypt’s Mohamed Hassan’s silver 55.57.

Another bronze medal was secured by Neil Fair in the 200m individual medley with a time of 2:04.15, while the gold went to Algeria’s Jaouad Syoud in 2:02.49 and the silver to Egypt’s Yassin Elshamaa in 2:03.98.

Samantha Randle bagged the silver in the 800m freestyle in 8:55.32, while Brad Tandy managed a bronze place finish in the 50m freestyle, clocking 22.21.

Final Swimming Medal Table – 2019 African Games:

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
South Africa 20 13 12 45
Egypt 14 17 10 41
Algeria 5 7 8 20
Seychelles 2 1 1 4
Tunisia 1 3 2 6
Botswana 0 1 1 2
Morocco 0 0 4 4
Zambia 0 0 1 1
Zimbabwe 0 0 1 1
Angola 0 0 1 1
Kenya 0 0 1 1

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  1. avatar

    What are the people from Niger delta in Nigeria doing. Just to they make mouth… “Warri no dey carry last”

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    So shameful for Nigeria. tufiakwa