Trott shatters SA record en route to aquatics final

2011-07-25 08:53

Wendy Trott broke the South African record to advance to the final of the women’s 1 500m freestyle event at the 14th world aquatics championships in Shanghai.

The 21-year-old swam a time of 16 minutes 5.63 seconds to beat her old record established at the world championships in Rome two years ago by 3.33 seconds.

She said that she was happy with her swim.

“I am feeling good for the final on Tuesday.”

There was further success for the South African team as Karin Prinsloo advanced to the semifinals of the women’s 100m backstroke in a time of one minute 1.34 seconds.

South African 200m freestyle swimmer Jean Basson swam in the fastest heat, taking on American super stars Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.

Basson’s time of 1:48.95 saw him finish last – and 25th overall.Lochte managed to beat Phelps and is considered the favourite to take the gold medal in tomorrow’s final, which is the first of two expected showdowns between the two, who have also both entered the 200m individual medley.

Suzaan Van Biljon also finished 25th overall in the women’s 100m breaststroke in 1:9.64 and also failed to advance to the semifinals.

American Rebecca Soni registered the fastest time in that event.

South African-born Sarah Poewe, who now competes for Germany, swam the third-fastest time.

There was disappointment for backstroke specialist Gerhard Zandberg, as his time of 55.21 in the 100m saw him finish 31st overall, well outside the best-16 who go through to the semifinals.

Zandberg, who won a gold medal in the 50m backstroke in Melbourne in 2007 and a bronze in Rome in 2009 said before the start of the competition that he has been concentrating on training for the 50m backstroke.

Charl Crous, who swam 7/100th of a second faster than Zandberg, finished 30th overall.

Frenchman Camille Lacourt has the fastest time going into today’s evening’s semi-finals. 

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