Brilliant Brown smashes SA’s oldest record

2015-04-19 15:00

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Myles Brown turned on the heat at the SA National Aquatic Championships at the Kings Park Pool in Durban this week, winning his fourth title on Friday evening.

The competition doubles as trials for the Fina World Championships in Kazan, Russia, in August.

The 22-year-old swimmer from KwaZulu-Natal added the 100m freestyle in a time of 49.95 seconds, with Clayton Jimmie second in 50.45 and Caydon Muller third in a time of 50.66.

Earlier in the week, Brown stole the limelight from his training partner Chad le Clos when he won the 200m freestyle in 1:47.44, with Le Clos a close second in 1:47.89.

Brown started off the week in brilliant form, smashing the oldest record in the South African books when he won the 400m freestyle in 3:46.08, breaking Ryk Neethling’s record of 3:46.31 from the Pan Pacific Championships in 1999.

That was not Brown’s only record-winning performance – he added another freestyle title to his tally when he won the 800m freestyle on Thursday in a time of 7:53.97, eclipsing Troyden Prinsloo’s mark of 7:54.99, which he set at the national championships in 2009.

“I was feeling really good in the heats and it’s always nice to win all full sets of my events. It’s my first time to win this race,” Brown said after the 100m race.

He achieved three qualifying times in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle for the Fina World Championships.

Le Clos got back to winning ways when he qualified for his third individual event by winning the 200m individual medley in a time of 1:58.97. He was followed by Michael Meyer in 2:02.33 and Jarryd Baxter with 2:05.39.

This was Le Clos’ third medal at the championships after winning the 200m butterfly and silver in the 200m freestyle, all in qualifying times for the World Championships.

Sebastien Rousseau also achieved the qualifying time in the 200m butterfly.

But Le Clos, the star of South African swimming, was not happy with his performance in the 200m freestyle in Durban.

“I am obviously very disappointed with my time, I wanted to go faster. I really thought I would swim a 1:45.00. I have had really good training before the championships and I feel I am in my best shape, but I know I have a lot of work to do,” he said.

World record holder Cameron van der Burgh was aiming to complete a golden trio in the breaststroke.

On Friday, he attained the qualifying standard in the 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:11.37.

He won the 100m breaststroke earlier in the week in a qualifying time and also won the title in his favourite event, the 50m breaststroke.

Although Van der Burgh said he felt slightly out of his depth in the 200m breaststroke, his performance showed that he could make the leap to the longer distance.

Disabled swimmer Kevin Paul smashed his world record in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:22.27.

“Last year I moved from Port Elizabeth to Durban to join national coach Graham Hill and I have been really happy with how my times have improved,” he said.

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