Fern’s new African mark

2009-08-08 00:00

LYNDON Ferns thrilled the full-house crowd with some short course swimming of high class as he bettered his continental mark on an evening session of fast times at the Telkom SA Short Course Championships at the GC Jolliffe Swimming Pool in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

”I know I can go around 50,05 secs in the final,” said Olympic star Ferns, after clocking a semi-final time of 50,95 to better his African record of 51,04.

“I felt a bit tired towards the end of the race tonight, so I need to pace myself better next time. I will sit out the 50 m races and focus on the 100 m events. I have always enjoyed short course swimming and hope that after a good rest I will be able to go faster in the final.”

Darian Townsend bounced back from a relatively subdued campaign at the Fina World Championships in Rome last week, to just miss out on the SA record in the 200 m freestyle.

Townsend showed confidence and rhythm as he took the gold medal in 1:42,97 secs — just outside Ryk Neethling’s African best of 1:42,75 — with Chad le Clos (1:47,77) and Jay-Cee Thompson (1:49,08) claiming the silver and bronze medals respectively.

“I alway enjoy swimming short course because I did a lot of this type of swimming when I was in the USA,” said Townsend afterwards.

“It feels great coming down from a 50-m international competition to swim in a 25 -m championship. I think I missed my taper by a week which held me back at the World Championships in Rome, but it put me in peak form for this short course event. I felt great in the water and made the most of the turns and underwater parts of the race.”

Durban star Riaan Schoeman was another swimmer in fine form, just missing out on an SA mark. In the 400 m individual medley final, Schoeman sped to the gold medal in 4:08,97 — just outside Terence Parkin’s SA record of 4:08,19.

Earlier, Gerhard Zandberg, the 50 m backstroke bronze medallist at the Fina World Championships (long course) in Rome, last week, felt he should have been given a warning rather than disqualification in heat seven of the event’s prelims.

Sharp-eyed officials noticed that Zandberg was wearing two swimsuits; an offence that the rules say leaves no room for mercy. Zandberg had donned a jammer (leggings) swimsuit over his regular costume.

”I know the rules are the rules, but I thought that a warning would have been fairer than a disqualification,” said Zandberg.

Zandberg’s misfortune caught a full house at the GC Jolliffe Swimming Pool by surprise, as he was one of the main attractions in this four-day event that ends Monday.

RESULTS

Men:

200 m freestyle: 1. D Townsend (Seals-KZN) 1:48.09, 2. C le Clos (Seagulls-KZN) 1:52.59, 3. JC Thompson (Pisces-KZN) 1:49.80 50 m backstroke multi disability: 1. C Groenewald (Bish-CG, S14) 31.10, 2. S Clarke (Seal-KZ, S10) 32.09, 3. S Mogale (Bish-CG, S6) 45.05 400 m individual medley: 1. R Schoeman (Pisces-KZ) 4:08.97, 2. C le Clos (Mr Price Seagulls-KZN) 4:11.87, 3. M Husselmann (Pisces-KZ) 4:23.83 100 m individual medley multi disability: 1. H Achmat (Cado-WP, SM10) 1:07.77,

2. T Slattery (Mdol-CG, SM6) 1:24.78, 3. M Mainganye (Mdol-CG) 1:33.64

4 x 100 m freestyle relay: 1. Mr Price Seagulls-KZN) 3:20.12, 2. TuksSwimming Club-NT 3:27.01, 3. Players Academy- 3:29.20

Women:

200 m butterfly: 1. M Loots (Mdol-CG) 2:10.82, 2. C Lategan (Vine-WP) 2:11.91,

3. K Hauptfleisch (Kloo-KZ) 2:20.87

400 m individual medley: 1. B Meyer (Pisces-KZN) 4:41.42, 2. J Liss (4:49.08, 3. K van Heerden (Tuks-NT) 4:49.25 1500 m freestyle: 1. N du Toit (Mdol-CG) 16:45.51, 2. D Dryding (Vine-WP) 17:08.16), 3. A Logan (Pisces-KZN) 17:10.97

4 x 200 m freestyle relay: 1. Matie-WP 8:37.27, 2. Mdol-CG 8:38.52, 3. TuksSwimming-NT 8:41.34 50 m backstroke multi disability: 1. S Sapiro (Bish-CG, S10) 34.17, 2. E Gray (Tuks-NT, S9) 36.61, 3. R Bloem (Matie-WP, S11) 49.51 100 m individual medley multi disability: 1. E Gray (Tuks-NT, SM9) 1:22.07, 2. A Visser (Mdol-CG, SM5) 2:12.00, 3. R Bloem (Mati-WP, SM11) 1:38.97

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