Egypt’s Farida Osman Sets CANA Africa Swimming Record in 50 Fly; South Africa Wins 8 Medals

Farida Osman. Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

The South African swimming team added eight more medals to their tally (2 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze) during the second day of the 13th CANA Africa Swimming and Open Water Championships in Algiers, Algeria tonight, Tuesday, 11th September 2018.

With a fast and golden time of 4:21.69, Ayrton Sweeney scooped the 400m individual medley title ahead of teammate Ruan Breytenbach, who grabbed the silver medal in 4:25.80. The bronze medal in the event went to Egypt’s Ahmed Hamdy third in 4:26.73.

Lara van Niekerk edged out the competition in the 200m breaststroke, winning the race in 2:35.25, over 3 secs ahead of Egypt’s Rowida Hesham in 2:38.99 and Algeria’s Nefsi Rania Hamida in 2:40.10.

In the 50m butterfly, Erin Gallagher added a silver medal to her tally in 26.64, behind Egypt’s Farida Osman in a new Championship Record time of 26.16 and ahead of Algeria’s Melih Amel in 27.52.

Jessica Whelan and Janie Coetzer took the second and third place on the medal podium in the 200m freestyle, clocking 2:06.14 and 2:07.08, respectively, while the gold in the event went to Egypt’s Hania Moro in 2:04.46.

Alaric Basson was more than happy with his bronze medal winning performance in the 50m breaststroke, touching the wall in 28.42, behind Egypt’s Youssef Elkamash who grabbed the gold in a new Championship Record time of 28.04.

Basson, Gallagher, Hannah Kiely and Jacques van Wyk also swam the 4x100m freestyle relay and bagged the silver medal in 3:37.06, while Egypt claimed the gold in 3:36.94 and Algeria the bronze in 3:40.39.

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