Lara van Niekerk Breaks CANA Africa Swimming and Open Water Championship Record

Photo Courtesy: Anesh Debiky/Swimming South Africa

Two gold, three silver and two bronze medals for the South African swimming team, as the third day of the 13th CANA Africa Swimming and Open Water Championships came to a close in Algiers tonight, Wednesday, 12th September 2018.

In the 50m breaststroke, it was Lara van Niekerk who came out on top with a new Championships Record time of 31.99, shedding just under a second from the 32.58 record held by Kaylene Corbett. Jade Simons won SA’s second medal in the race, a bronze, finishing in 33.10, while the silver went to Zambia’s Tilka Paljk in 32.15.

Jessica Whelan bagged yet another silver medal, this time in the 400m freestyle, clocking 4:23.76, while Egypt’s Hania Moro walked away with the gold in 4:21.76 and Algeria’s Cherouati Nafissa with the bronze in 4:24.42.

Next in the water was Hannah Kiely in the 100m backstroke, winning a silver medal for South Africa in 1:04.53, behind Egypt’s Samiha Mohsen in 1:04.19 and ahead of Mauritius’ Fahsi Hiba in 1:05.98.

Kiely was also a part of the 4x100m freestyle relay team that won the gold in 3:52.63 with the help of team mates Erin Gallagher, Janie Coetzer and Lesley Blignaut.

In a closely contested 200m backstroke, Jacques van Wyk finished with the silver medal in 2:05.76, while the gold was claimed by Algeria’s M Bouhamidi in 2:05.13 and the bronze by Egypt’s Mohamed Samy in 2:06.88.

Ayrton Sweeney, Alaric Basson, Ruan Breytenbach and Alard Basson finished off the evening with a bronze medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay, clocking 7:38.19 behind Egypt in 7:28.10 and Tunisia in 7:31.55.

South Africa has 22 medals at the event, trailing Egypt (24).

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  1. Anria Engelbrecht

    Geluk lara!!! Ons sooooo trots op jou!!!!♡♡♡

  2. Zurika Louw

    Wow Lara, Baie geluk !!!

Author: Daniel D'Addona

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