Lara van Niekerk in fine form as records tumble in Pietermaritzburg

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Lara van Niekerk (18) broke Olympic champion Tatjana Schoenmaker’s SA record in the 50m breaststroke in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.
Lara van Niekerk (18) broke Olympic champion Tatjana Schoenmaker’s SA record in the 50m breaststroke in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.
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The second day of the SA Short Course Championships saw at least two swimming records being shattered in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.

The event is being held at the GC Jollife Swimming Pool and will conclude on Sunday. Lara van Niekerk (18) broke Olympic champion Tatjana Schoenmaker’s SA record in the heats of the 50m breaststroke and then went even faster in the final.

In the morning session, Van Niekerk touched the wall in 30,06 seconds to not only better the SA mark but also the African record set by Kenya’s Achieng Ajulu-Bushell in 2009 and then swam a blistering 29,85 in the final to shatter her own record.

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