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The South African Open Water swimming team dominated the second day of the CANA Zone IV Championships

Windhoek, Sunday, 17th February 2019 - The South African Open Water swimming team added 22 medals (12 gold, 8 silver and 2 bronze) to the country’s tally during the second day of the CANA Zone IV Championships in Namibia today.
The South African Open Water swimming team dominated the second day of the CANA Zone IV Championships

CANA Zone IV Championships 2019

In the men’s 14-15 age group 5km event, Dennis de Villiers, Connor Albertyn and Alex Wehmeyer walked away with the gold, silver and bronze in 01:04:28, 01:04:29 and 01:15.52 respectively, while on the ladies’ side Leigh McMorran (01:04:23) and Catherine van Rensburg (01:05:20) were the gold and silver duo, while the bronze was claimed by Kenya’s Nurayn Bagha in 01:28:43.

Albertyn went one better and won the gold in the 3km race in 00:40:38 ahead of De Villiers in 00:41:33, with the bronze going to the Seychelles’ Alain Vidot in 00:44:12, while on the ladies’ side, Van Rensburg grabbed the gold in 00:41:39 ahead of McMorran in 00:41:55 and Zimbabwe’s Ella Allardice managed the bronze in 00:47:13.

The South Africans continued to dominate as Flippie van der Spuy, Zac Ellis and Muhammad Adam scooped the top three spots in the 16-18 age group 5km race in 01:02:53, 01:04:24 and 01:04:26, respectively, while Stephanie Houtman (01:04:41) and Tasneem Ebrahim (01:11:12) won the gold and silver in the ladies’ event, with the bronze going to Namibia’s Joanne Liebenberg in 01:13:20.

Van der Spuy (00:40:57) and Ellis (00:41:34) also won the gold and silver in their respective 3km race with Namibia’s Matthew Gertze finishing off the medal podium in 00:46:07, while Houtman (00:40:40) and Ebrahim (00:44:55) also made it double in the 3km, with Zimbabwe’s Gemma Schonken winning the bronze in 00:48:26.

Refiloe Mashao won the gold in the 19 and over 5km race in 01:04:25 with Namibia’s Paddy Murphy a close second in 01:20:26, while Mashao also claimed the gold in the 3km event in 00:40:42, ahead of Namibia’s Jureck Johannesson in 00:48:23.

In the 12-13 age group 3km, Connor Jay was victorious in 00:46:17 with team-mate Tiara Finnis winning the ladies’ race in 00:49:02. 

The swimming programme resumes tomorrow with the morning session starting at 09h00 and the afternoon session at 15h00, while the Water Polo Championships will kick off at the Katutura/Western Suburbs Swimming Pool from 10h00.

Medal rankings (after day 2):

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

South Africa

19

16

5

40

Namibia

4

8

6

18

Zimbabwe

3

2

3

8

Botswana

2

3

3

8

Mauritius

2

2

3

7

Seychelles

2

0

2

4

Angola

1

1

1

3

Zambia

1

0

1

2

Kenya

1

0

1

2

Mozambique

0

1

2

3

Uganda

0

0

3

3

Malawi

0

0

1

1

ENDS

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