NAIROBI, Kenya, September 11. WHILE South Africa dominated day one, the rest of the African nations responded during day two of the African Long Course Championships.
Kenyan Olympian Jason Dunford enjoyed a partisan response as he claimed victory in his birthplace of Nairobi with a 53.16 in the 100 fly. Egypt's Marawan Osman placed a distant second in 55.47, while Algeria's Ous Sahnoune earned bronze with a 55.79.
Egypt had its strongest finish of the meet so far with a 1-2 performance in the women's 200 breast. Tolba Mohamed won the event in 2:37.41, while compatriot Mai Atef Abelfatta raced to second in 2:38.75. South Africa's Tara Nicholas wound up third in 2:39.98.
Senegel's Malick Fall claimed the men's 50 breast crown in 28.57, while Tunisia's Wasim Elloumi (28.80) and Talel Mrabet (29.16) placed second and third in the sprint breast event.
South Africa still won plenty of golds during the second evening, but not to the degree of its first-night dominance.
South Africa's Michelle Weber beat teammate Kyna Pereira to the wall in the women's 200 free, 2:03.80 to 2:04.24, while Tunisia's Zeineb Khalfalla pocketed third in 2:06.89. South Africa's Ayrton Sweeney followed with a 4:27.60 to 4:28.22 triumph over Tunisia's Taki Mrabet in the men's 400 IM. Egypt's El Sayed Gadalla placed third in 4:32.77.
Mandy Loots topped first-day triple artist Lehesta Kemp, 27.75 to 28.44, in the women's 50 fly. Kemp had won three titles up until taking silver in the sprint fly this evening. Algeria's Fella Bennaceur rounded out the top three in 28.97.
South Africa's Myles Brown earned victory in the men's 800 free with an 8:20.32. Tunisia's Ahmed Mathlouthi placed a distant second in 8:31.81, while Egypt's Ali Marwan Ahmed earned third in 8:32.89.