Chad wins sixth, though not gold; Schoeman, Tandy are out of luck

2014-07-30 00:00

IT was a day of mixed fortunes for Team South Africa at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games yesterday.

In the pool there was disappointment for the duo of veteran Roland Schoeman and Bradley Tandy, who finished sixth and seventh respectively in the men’s 50 m freestyle final. The gold was won by English short course specialist Ben Proud — the 19-year-old claiming his second title of the games.

But Chad le Clos gave reason for optimism when he edged out Tom Fraser Homes by 09,01 seconds to take bronze in the 200 m individual medley. It was Le Clos’s sixth medal of the Games in as many races, and at the time of going to press the result of his 4x100 m medley relay was not known. If South Africa had medalled in that race, Le Clos would become the most decorated swimmer at a single Commonwealth Games.

Earlier in the day there was encouraging news for South Africa’s track and field team when Rushwahl Samaai and Zarc Visser progressed to today’s men’s long jump final. Samaai qualified with the second longest jump in Group A — 8,03 m — with only England’s Greg Rutherford registering longer with 8,05. Visser topped Group B with a 7,99 m leap.

South Africa’s 800 m specialist and medal hope Andre Olivier breezed through his heat yesterday to finish first and qualify for today’s final where he will be up against world record holder David Rudisha.

Meriske Strauss finished 10th in the women’s cross country mountain biking while Philip Buys finished 13th in the men’s.

There was good news on the hockey front as the SA men’s team walloped Wales 5-1 to keep their medal hopes alive.

SA’s netball women also stayed on course for a podium place with a resounding 61-41 win over the Welsh.

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