Mixed showings for SA swimmers at world champs

2011-07-27 07:18

It was a morning of mixed showings for South African swimmers at the world championships in Shanghai, with Graeme Moore, Gideon Louw and Darian Townsend all advancing to the semi-finals of their events, while Karin Prinsloo failed to do so.

Freestyle sprinters Moore and Louw went through in the 100m event with times of 48.65 (Moore) and 48.74 (Louw). Moore, whose time was the ninth-fastest, said that it was good race.

“For a morning swim it’s fine.”Louw did not expect too much from today’s semi-finals.

“I am using this meet as a stepping stone, because I haven’t been doing so much strength work as I should have. I have put athleticism and flexibility first.”

France’s William Meynard recorded the fastest time in this morning’s heats, while German Marco di Carli, who had the fastest time for the season coming into the race, crashed out after swimming 49-flat.

South Africa’s individual medley specialist Townsend advanced in the men’s 200 IM, recording 14th-fastest time in one minute 59.97 seconds.

American superstar Michael Phelps was in the same heat as Townsend and managed to win the heat in a time of 1:59.48 to give him the eighth-fastest time.

His time was again bettered by compatriot Ryan Lochte, who yesterday beat Phelps to the gold medal in the 200m freestyle.Townsend was happy with his swim.

“It’s good for the morning swim. It is the fastest morning swim I’ve done. Tonight I will come back and be a bit more awake and hopefully drop a couple of seconds.”

Karin Prinsloo managed to keep her qualification time for the women’s 50m backstroke when she finished in 29.03 seconds, but it was not fast enough to see her make the semi-finals.

Anastasia Zueva led the field into the semi-finals with a time of 28.20.

The semi-finals, as well as the finals of the men’s 50m breaststroke with Cameron van der Burgh, the 200m butterfly with Chad le Clos and 800m freestyle, as well as the women’s 200m freestyle will be swum in the evening session today.

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