Medals spring from pool

2014-07-27 15:00

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Cameron van der Burgh took Team South Africa’s medal tally to 12 as he stopped the clock at 59.28 to win a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland last night.

England’s Adam Peaty won the race in a new Commonwealth Games record time of 58.94 while Scotland’s Ross Murdoch took bronze in 59.47.

Earlier, Chad Le Clos and Sebastien Rouseau had won gold and bronze in the 200m butterfly being separated by Australia’s Grant Irvine who finished second. Le Clos won in a new Commonwealth Games record time of 1:55.07.

On Friday he picked up a bronze medal in the men’s 50m butterfly on the night that swimming brought four gongs.

On the day, Roland Schoeman claimed bronze in the 50m butterfly while Rousseau also came third in the 400m individual medley. Earlier, Jacques van Zyl had claimed a bronze medal in the men’s 73kg judo.

Le Clos (100m butterfly) and Cameron van der Burgh (50m breaststroke) will return to the pool today for their heats. More medals are expected when track and field athletes resume their programme today. The country’s two fastest sprinters in the 100m dash, Simon Magakwe (9.98 season best), Akani Simbine (10.02) and Ncincilili Titi will line up in the qualifiers today in a bid for a place in tomorrow’s final.

The trio, along with Hendricho Bruintjies, will form the 4x100m relay team for Friday’s heats, with the final pencilled in for Saturday. If they advance, the South African team is likely to face Jamaica, who have the Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt who will only run the relay at these Games.

SA’s 400m record holder Wayde van Niekerk (44.38) will make his Commonwealth debut in the one-lap race heats tomorrow. On the same day, Paralympic champion sprinter

Fanie van der Merwe (100m T37) and Victor Hogan (discus) will also launch their quest for gold in the finals of their respective events. (Additioonal reporting Media24)

Then on Tuesday, 2006 triple jump gold medallist Khotso Mokoena and SA champion Zarck Visser will take to the runway for the qualifying round of the long jump.

There is also a possibility of a medal from the men’s 400m hurdles duo of LJ van Zyl and Cornel Fredericks who start their campaign on Tuesday.

Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen will attempt a treble of wins in her beat on Wednesday night.

She won gold medals at the lat two Games in Melbourne, Australia (2006) and Delhi, India (2010).

In other codes, SA’s top mountain biker Philip (CORRECT) Buys and Mariske Strauss will ride in the cross country final’s on Tuesday.

The netball Proteas face third-ranked England this afternoon (Sunday).

And after today’s match, coach Elize Kotze’s charges will meet Wales on Tuesday and Australia on Wednesday.

The top two teams from their group will proceed to the semifinals on Saturday.

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