Versveld the only SA swimmer in action today

2011-07-28 07:22

Only one South African swimmer will be in action in this evening’s session at the world swimming championships in Shanghai as breaststroker Neil Versveld was the only one to advance from the heats.

Versveld swam a time of two minutes 12.54 seconds in the 200m breaststroke to advance with the 11th-fastest time.

Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis recorded the fastest time, while Australian Brenton Rickard, who won the gold over 100m breaststroke in Rome two years ago, crashed out with the 21st-fastest time.

In the 200m backstroke, Darren Murray swam a 1:58.73, breaking his own personal record. However, the time was not good enough to qualify for the semi-finals as he finished 18th.

He was very satisfied with his performance. “It’s super. I prayed very hard and trusted in God.”

Murray, who was visibly in pain as he came out of the pool, nevertheless had the strength for some dub poetry, telling journalists: “I’m limbing because of a lactation station, it’s all over my body,” as he headed to the warm-down pool.

American Ryan Lochte, who won the 200m freestyle earlier in the week, recorded the fourth-fastest time ahead of today’s semi-final, while fellow American Scott Clary swam the fastest time of 1:56.32.

South African’s Karin Prinsloo, who is the busiest SA swimmer at the World Championships, has already swum five of her six events. She was involved in the 100m freestyle this morning.

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