Gold medals number three and four for Lochte, as only Louw advances

2011-07-30 07:15

American swimmer Ryan Lochte yesterday picked up his third and fourth gold medal of the meet as he won the men’s 200m breaststroke and then followed that up by anchoring the US 4x200m freestyle relay to gold.

There was also plenty of South African interest in the evening session as several swimmers were involved in semi-final action.

Gideon Louw and Roland Schoeman were involved in the 50m freestyle sprint semi-finals, but only Louw managed to advance to Saturday night’s final with the sixth-fastest time.

Louw, who swam a season’s personal best, was very happy with his time and race overall. “I felt much better tonight than this morning,” he said, while Schoeman was obviously disappointed as he walked past journalists without speaking after his race.

Brazilian Bruno Fratus recorded the fastest time of 21.76, while defending champion Cesar Cielo came in just behind his countryman.

Butterflyer Chad le Clos swam in the men’s 100m butterfly semi-final. The youngster recorded a personal best of 52.44 seconds to leave him eighth in his heat and 13th overall.

Le Clos who preferred the 200m said that all the lights in the arena and the crowd’s noise was a motivation for him. “For the 200m I was very nervous, but these noises get me pysched up.”

American world record holder and defending champion Michael Phelps swam the fastest time in the semis, recording a time of 51.47 seconds and then some 40 minutes later he led the American relay team.

Teenager Vanessa Mohr, who swam in the women’s 50 butterfly semi-finals was 15th fastest with a time of 26.74.

The 16-year-old who preferred the 100m said that she was a bit disappointed. “I am a bit disappointed but I am still young so I have a lot to look forward to.”

Therese Alshammar led the field into the final in a time of 25.52 seconds, followed by Dutchwoman Inge Dekker, who swam a 25.78 and
local favourite Lu Ying, who finished in 25.87.

South Africans Karin Prinsloo, Suzaan van Biljon, Gerhard Zandberg, Heerden Herman and the women’s medley relay team will be in action in tomorrow’s early session.

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