Three KZN swimmers make their mark for SA

2009-11-10 00:00

THREE KwaZulu-Natal schoolboy swimmers have been making their mark for South Africa in the past few weeks.

Chad le Clos from Westville, who competed in the 1 500-metre swim at the Olympic Games and came a creditable seventh, was electrifying at the Fina/Arena World Cup series at the King’s Park Aquatic Centre two weeks ago.

He set two national records and an African one. He took just over three seconds off Terence Parkins’s seven-year-old record as he won the 400 m individual medley final in a time of 4:05,04. What was even more satisfying for the 17 year old, was that Riaan Schoeman had set the fastest time in the heats and at the end of the third leg he was leading. Le Clos then put in a final effort in the freestyle leg to win from Wesley Gilchrist in record time.

In the 200-metre butterfly he set an African and South African record of 1:56,45. Gilchrist had led until the final­ turn and then Le Clos stormed to the front leaving Gilchrist in second place and Russian Maxim Ganikhin in third.

Two Kearsney boys represented the SA junior team at the African Championships in Mauritius recently. Murray McDougall, who captained the team, set new SA junior records in the 50 m backstroke (27,12), 50 m butterfly (24,96) and the 100 m backstroke (57,15).

Brett Walsh returned home with two gold medals in the 50 m and 100 m freestyle events. Between the two boys they broke 10 championship records, winning 11 gold and one bronze medal. The other medals were in the team events.

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