Meaklim sizzles in Sydney

2008-10-27 00:00

KZN’s swim sensation Kathryn Meaklim enhanced her reputation as the new golden girl of the short course swim scene as she claimed five victories — setting a new SA record in the process — at the third leg of the Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup held in Sydney at the weekend.

Meaklim, 19, powered her way to the gold medal in the 200 metres individual medley in two minutes 10.03, bettering her own mark of 2:10.09 set at the second leg of the Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup in Durban last weekend, and also made it to the top of the medal podium in the 400 metres individual medley having clocked 4:31.52.

Durban-based Meaklim also took the main honours in the 800 metres freestyle (8:32.62), the 200 metres butterfly (2:08.85) and the 200 metres breaststroke (2:23.86).

It has been a successful fortnight for Meaklim following her wins in the 200 metres individual medley, the 200 metres breaststroke and the 800 metres freestyle in Durban a week earlier. In the opening leg of the World Cup held in Bel Horizonte, Brazil, two weeks earlier, Meaklim took gold in the 400 and 800 metres freestyle and 400 metres medley.

Provincial team-mate Melissa Corfe set a national best in finishing second in the 200 metres backstroke in 2:07.89, erasing Charlene Wittstock’s long-standing SA record of 2:08.72. New Zealander Melissa Ingram claimed the 200 metres backstroke gold medal in 2:04.75.

Corfe finished fourth in the 400 metres freestyle in 4:05.65, while Johannesburg teenage swim star Garth Tune finished fifth in the 50 metres butterfly (23.85) and sixth in the 100 metres backstroke (54.52).

Pretoria-based William Diering, the world championship 200 metres bronze medallist, finished second in the 200 metres breaststroke (2:09.70), third in the 50 metres breaststroke (27.72) and fifth in the 100 metres breaststroke (1:01.00).

The fourth leg of the seven-event Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup will take place in Singapore on November 1 to 2.

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