Lovemore bags second Fina World Cup medal

2018-11-21 06:02
Record-breaking swimmer Tayla Lovemore with Maritzburg-based coach Wayne Riddin in Singapore at the weekend.

Record-breaking swimmer Tayla Lovemore with Maritzburg-based coach Wayne Riddin in Singapore at the weekend.

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SEALS swimming club member Tayla Lovemore bagged her second Fina World Cup medal yesterday when she placed second in the 100 m butterfly in the final leg of the 2018 series in Singapore.

Lovemore completed the race in 56,95 seconds and was only half a second short of the South African record of 56,52sec for the event.

Powerful favourite Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden won the race in 55,73sec and China’s Lin Xingtong took the bronze in 58,29sec.

Lovemore was born in Durban, but has been coached by Maritzburg-based Seals mentor Wayne Riddin for several years.

She studies in America.

On Saturday, the 23-year-old secured a bronze finish in the women’s 50 m butterfly for her first ever medal in the Fina World Cup series.

Her time of 25,45sec in that event meant she lowered her own South African and African record by 0,11sec for the discipline.

And, the day before that saw her break the SA women’s 100 m individual medley (IM) record twice, also at the Singapore meet.

She posted a time of one minute and 00,55 seconds in the heats to break the record of 1:00,86 set by Mandy Loots in 2009. She then went 0,25 seconds quicker in the final, where she finished seventh, to have a new SA record of 1:00,30.

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