Medals spring from pool

2014-07-27 15:00

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cameron van der Burgh took Team South Africa’s medal tally to 12 as he stopped the clock at 59.28 to win a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland last night.

England’s Adam Peaty won the race in a new Commonwealth Games record time of 58.94 while Scotland’s Ross Murdoch took bronze in 59.47.

Earlier, Chad Le Clos and Sebastien Rouseau had won gold and bronze in the 200m butterfly being separated by Australia’s Grant Irvine who finished second. Le Clos won in a new Commonwealth Games record time of 1:55.07.

On Friday he picked up a bronze medal in the men’s 50m butterfly on the night that swimming brought four gongs.

On the day, Roland Schoeman claimed bronze in the 50m butterfly while Rousseau also came third in the 400m individual medley. Earlier, Jacques van Zyl had claimed a bronze medal in the men’s 73kg judo.

Le Clos (100m butterfly) and Cameron van der Burgh (50m breaststroke) will return to the pool today for their heats. More medals are expected when track and field athletes resume their programme today. The country’s two fastest sprinters in the 100m dash, Simon Magakwe (9.98 season best), Akani Simbine (10.02) and Ncincilili Titi will line up in the qualifiers today in a bid for a place in tomorrow’s final.

The trio, along with Hendricho Bruintjies, will form the 4x100m relay team for Friday’s heats, with the final pencilled in for Saturday. If they advance, the South African team is likely to face Jamaica, who have the Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt who will only run the relay at these Games.

SA’s 400m record holder Wayde van Niekerk (44.38) will make his Commonwealth debut in the one-lap race heats tomorrow. On the same day, Paralympic champion sprinter

Fanie van der Merwe (100m T37) and Victor Hogan (discus) will also launch their quest for gold in the finals of their respective events. (Additioonal reporting Media24)

Then on Tuesday, 2006 triple jump gold medallist Khotso Mokoena and SA champion Zarck Visser will take to the runway for the qualifying round of the long jump.

There is also a possibility of a medal from the men’s 400m hurdles duo of LJ van Zyl and Cornel Fredericks who start their campaign on Tuesday.

Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen will attempt a treble of wins in her beat on Wednesday night.

She won gold medals at the lat two Games in Melbourne, Australia (2006) and Delhi, India (2010).

In other codes, SA’s top mountain biker Philip (CORRECT) Buys and Mariske Strauss will ride in the cross country final’s on Tuesday.

The netball Proteas face third-ranked England this afternoon (Sunday).

And after today’s match, coach Elize Kotze’s charges will meet Wales on Tuesday and Australia on Wednesday.

The top two teams from their group will proceed to the semifinals on Saturday.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.