Good morning session for South Africa at the worlds

2011-07-29 07:12

It was a good day for South African swimmers at the world champions in Shanghai on Friday, as four out of five swimmers advanced to the semi-finals in their events and Wendy Trott qualified for the final of the women’s 800m freestyle.

Gideon Louw, Roland Schoeman, Vanessa Mohr and Chad le Clos all made it through, while Leone Vorster and the Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team did not.

Freestylers Louw and Schoeman made the semi-finals of the men’s 100m freestyle, finishing with the 11th and 15th-fastest time respectively with times of 22.21 and 22.32 seconds.

“I am just happy to have made it into the semi-finals and the time is alright,” Louw said.

Brazilian Cesar Cielo, American Nathan Adrian and George Bovell from Trinidad and Tobago swam the fastest time of 22.03 seconds.

Butterflyer Le Clos also made it through to tonight’s semi-finals in the 100m, with a personal best time of 52.54. Le Clos who also made the final of the Men’s 200m butterfly earlier this week was hoping to reach the final of the 100m.

“I gave it my best shot this morning, but I’ll see, I just hope I don’t go slower later.”
“When I dived in, the camera was following me, so I lost count of how many underwater kicks I did. I just have to get used to that.”

US superstar Michael Phelps qualified with the fifth-best time for the semi-finals. Compatriot Tyler McGill led the way in 51.76 seconds.

Teenager Mohr swam in the women’s 50m butterfly and qualified for the semi-finals with the 15th-fastest time of 26.69 seconds.

Mohr admitted that she was even surprised herself. “I did not expect it in this race but I was really focused and I’m really happy about the result.”

World record holder and defending world champion Therese Alshammar of Sweden swam the fastest time in this morning’s heats – a 25.68.

Backstroker Vorster crashed out in the women’s 200m in a time of 2:16.45.

The men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team of Darian Townsend, Jean Basson, Jan Venter and Sebastien Rousseau finished with a 7:15.65, leaving them in 12th place, which was not good enough for the final at the world championships, but saw them qualify for next year’s Olympics.

The last event of the morning saw Trott qualify for the final of the women’s 800m freestyle in a time of 8:28.75.

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