Louw shines in pool, more misery for women’s hockey team

2012-07-31 13:16

London – South African swimmer Gideon Louw swam the second fastest time of the men’s 100m freestyle heats to qualify for tonight’s semifinal at the London Olympic Games.

Louw recorded a personal best as he won his heat in a time of 48.29 seconds.

“I am very happy with that, I didn’t expect to go that fast at all,” Louw said.

“My goal was around 48.6, so I overshot it a little bit, but hey best time so I can’t complain.”

While the 25-year-old was on fire in the pool, compatriot Graeme Moore failed to go past the preliminary rounds.

Moore had to be content with a time of 49.29.

Meanwhile, the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team consisting of Darian Townsend, Jean Basson, Sebastien Rousseau and Chad le Clos qualified for today’s final.

Townsend said while he wasn’t satisfied with his own performance, the other three pulled it through for them.

The South African women’s hockey side lost the second consecutive match of their London Olympic campaign 4-1 to world number six New Zealand in London today.

South Africa were off to a bad start as the Black Sticks scored just two minutes into the game from their first of seven penalty corners (PC) for the half.

Striker Pietie Coetzee celebrated her 250th Test cap by scoring SA’s only goal from a penalty stroke on the 52nd minute.

In rowing, the SA men’s lightweight four team of Matthew Brittain, Sizwe Ndlovu, John Smith and James Thompson qualified for Thursday’s final A, after finishing second out of six boats – behind Denmark and ahead of Australia – in a time of 6:04:21 in the second semifinal today.

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