SA Aquatic Championships conclude as more swimmers set Olympic qualification times

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Emma Chelius (Photo by Anton Geyser/Gallo Images)
Emma Chelius (Photo by Anton Geyser/Gallo Images)

The South African Aquatic Championships concluded on Monday with seven Olympic and ten Paralympic qualifying times achieved during the six-day event. 

An outstanding performer on the final day was Emma Chelius who set a new South African record of 24.72 in the 50m freestyle heats to qualify for Tokyo.

She took gold in the event later in the day, stopping the clock in 25.00 ahead of Erin Gallagher and Inge Weidemann.

Kat Swanepoel (S2) managed a Paralympic qualifying time of in the 50m backstroke, also setting a South African record of 1:13.83 in the process.

Swanepoel also broke the 100m South African freestyle record.

Matthew Moss (S9) broke two African records as well on Monday in the 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle.

List of Olympic and Paralympic qualification times

Final Olympic Qualifying Times:

  • Chad le Clos – 200m butterfly – 1:55.88
  • Ethan du Preez – 200m butterfly – 1:56.44
  • Tatjana Schoenmaker – 200m breaststroke – 2:20.17
  • Tatjana Schoenmaker – 100m breaststroke – 1:05.74
  • Kaylene Corbett – 200m breaststroke – 2:25.18
  • Emma Chelius – 50m freestyle – 24.72 (heats)
  • Pieter Coetze – 100m backstroke – 53.62 (relay)

Final Paralympic Qualifying Times:

  • Christian Sadie (S7) – 100m backstroke – 1:15.01
  • Christian Sadie (S7) – 50m freestyle – 29.03
  • Christian Sadie (S7) – 50m butterfly – 30.91
  • Christian Sadie (SM7) – 200m individual medley – 2:35.70
  • Christian Sadie (SB7) – 100m breaststroke – 1:21.83
  • Kat Swanepoel (S2) – 100m backstroke – 2:14.78
  • Kat Swanepoel (S2) – 50m backstroke – 1:02.63
  • Alani Ferreira (SB13) – 100m breaststroke – 1:23.97
  • Cornelle Leach (SB12) – 100m breaststroke – 1:29.52
  • Hendrik van der Merwe (SB5) – 100m breaststroke – 1:45.38

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