Farida Osman Edges Erin Gallagher at CANA Africa Swimming Championships

Farida Osman. Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

Four medals were won by the South African swimming team during the fifth day of the13th CANA Africa Swimming and Open Water Championships in Algiers tonight.

The 200m individual medley race saw Jessica Whelan walk away with the gold medal in a fast 2:19.91, over a second ahead of Algeria’s Nefsi Tania Hamida in 2:21.72 and Tunisia’s Benkhelil Farah in 2:21.76.

With one of the closest finishes of the competition so far, Erin Gallagher claimed the 50m freestyle silver medal in 25.17, just 0.06secs behind Egypt’s Farida Osman in 25.11, while the bronze went to Algeria’s Melih Amel in 26.15.

Jacques van Wyk and Ruan Breytenbach both grabbed silver in their respective races.

Van Wyk came second in the 100m backstroke in 55.54, while Breytenbach’s time of 2:01.20 secured him the silver in the 200m butterfly.

The swimming programme concludes tomorrow, with the Open Water 5km races due to start at 11h00 (SA time) on Sunday, 16th September 2018.

Medal rankings (after day 5):

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Egypt 21 12 3 36
South Africa 10 15 8 33
Algeria 2 3 10 15
Tunisia 1 3 7 11
Morocco 0 1 3 4
Zambia 0 1 1 2
Mauritius 0 0 1 1

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