Pietermaritzburg swimmers Matthew Sates and Martin Binedell experienced contrasting fortunes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday.
Sates advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s 200m Individual Medley, but Binedell’s journey at the Games came to an end after he couldn’t make the cut for the semis of the 200m backstroke.
This is while South African sensation Tatjana Schoenmaker broke another Olympic record when she won her heat in the 200m women’s breaststroke.
Schoenmaker swam 2:19.16 and missed out on the world record by just 0.05 seconds.
Sates, celebrating his 18th birthday, finished fifth in his heat but his time of 1:58.08 was good enough to make the top 16 for the semis of the 200m IM.
The St Charles College matriculant was 0.58 seconds behind Australian Olympic medallist Mitch Larkin.
Hungarian Laszlo Cseh and Hugo Gonzalez of Spain finished second and third respectively while Philip Heitz of Germany was fourth.
Sates was 15th overall and 1.68 seconds behind overall winner Michael Andrew of USA.
Earlier, Binedell’s hope of proceeding to the semi-finals fell short despite the 25-year-old finishing second in heat 1.
In his heat, the Maritzburg College old boy finished his 200m backstroke with the time of 1:58.47 and was 1.65 seconds behind Russian Olympic Committee’s Grigory Tarasevich who made it the semis on Thursday.
That performance placed Binedel in position 21 overall and the rules are that only the top 16 go through to the semi-finals.
Kaylene Corbett of South Africa is through to the women’s 200m breaststroke semi-finals after she won her heat in 2:22.48.