CANA African Swimming and Open Water Championship: Egypt Tops South Africa in Medals

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The South African swimming team concluded the 13th CANA Africa Swimming and Open Water Championships today with an  total of 40 medals (12 gold, 18 silver and 10 bronze) and claimed the second spot on the medal table behind Egypt’s 48.

On the final day of the event, Sasha-Lee Nordengen came close to a medal in the ladies’ 5km Open Water race, in a hard fought swim with Algeria’s Cherouati Souad Nafissa but it was the experienced Algerian that came out on top in 1:02:49.02, while Nordenden finished fourth in 1:04:44.43.

Amica Dejager ended 7th in 1:05:03.59, Samantha Randle came in 9th in 1:05:28.86, Kaitlyn Albertyn was 11th in 1:06:41.92 and Tasneem Ebrahim finished 14th in 1:10:32.17.

In the men’s 5km Open Water race, the battle was between Egypt’s Marwan Elmarawy and Darren Minnies. In the end, it was Elmarawy’s speed that won him the gold in 57:55.21, while the South African finished sixth in 1:01:19.28.

Hein Vantonder concluded the race in 10th place, clocking 1:03:02.04, while Aiden Peterson and Abdul Malik came in 12th and 13th in 1:04:51.75 and 1:04:59.58, respectively.

Final Medal rankings:

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Egypt 28 14 6 48
South Africa 12 18 10 40
Algeria 3 6 13 22
Tunisia 1 3 8 12
Morocco 0 2 4 6
Zambia 0 1 1 2
Mauritius 0 1 1 2


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