Olympics: SA swimmer sets Africa record

2008-08-10 00:00

Gerhard Zandberg produced an African record of 53,75 seconds in the 100 m backstroke to set the eighth-fastest time this year.

Zandberg turned in second behind Lubos Krizko at the Olympics here yesterday, but overtook the Slovakian to edge him out by 0,32 seconds.

“I’m extremely happy. So much hard work, money and … some tears went into this … to come here and swim is wonderful … to break the African record is fantastic,” said Zandberg, who has practised hard in the mornings in order to adapt to the change to morning finals.

He is drawn in the second semi today and lines up against American Matt Grevers, who took the Olympic record down to 53,41 seconds in the fourth heat.

“Hopefully I can get some rest tonight, manage to eat enough tomorrow and see what happens. I have prepared for this and really want to go faster.”

Meanwhile, for the first half of Jean Basson’s race, it looked as though he was going to struggle to make the cut in the 200 m freestyle.

The 20-year-old lay fourth at 100 m before cutting through to second at 150 m and securing the win in 1:46,31.

Basson, who is ranked third in the world this year, had the second-fastest time of the night, behind Switzerland’s Dominik Meichtry, who had edged American Michael Phelps into second with a 1:45,80 winning time in the final heat. Basson is drawn next to Phelps in the first semi-final, which is also today.Related article

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