Semi-final Performances From Van Niekerk And Sates At Swimming World Champs

Sunday, 19 June 2022 – Two of South Africa’s teenage swimmers reached their respective semi-finals at their first World Championships in Budapest on Sunday. Lara van Niekerk finished fifth in her 100m breaststroke heat to progress to the evening semi-final after finishing in a time of 1:06.75. The 19-year-old from Pretoria then led in the first 50m of her semi-final but slowed in the second half of the race, swimming exactly the same time as her morning swim to finish in seventh place and did not progress to Monday’s final.... Read More

Large SA Team Gears Up For Aquatics World Championships In Budapest

Friday, 17 June 2022 – A team of 66 swimmers, divers, water polo players and artistic swimmers and their coaches are headed for Budapest to represent South Africa at the FINA World Aquatics Championships from 18 June to 3 July. Heading the medal charge will be a strong team of swimmers, many of them competing at their first World Championships. Among them is Matt Sates, who last year made a name for himself by claiming the overall FINA World Cup title in the short course pool (25m) and recently took the Mare Nostrum series by storm, se... Read More

4 More Medals For SA Swimmers In Barcelona

27 May 2022 – Matt Sates found himself in a familiar position on top of the podium after claiming another gold medal on the second night of racing at the second leg of the Mare Nostrum series in Barcelona on Thursday. The 18-year-old South African claimed two golds on Wednesday night and added a third in the 200m individual medley in Spain. Sates finished over a body-length ahead of the chasing pack, reaching the finish in 1:58.31 with Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches second in 2:00.30 and Italian Alberto Razzetti third i... Read More

2 More Golds For Sizzling Sates In Barcelona

26 May 2022 - Maritzburg teenager Matt Sates defeated an Olympic champion on his way to winning two more gold medals at the second leg of the Mare Nostrum swimming series in Barcelona on Wednesday. The 18-year-old was once again in sensationally speedy form, claiming both 400m individual medley and 200m freestyle golds – both in personal best times. Sates claimed the 400IM title in 4:11.58 – over a second faster than a few days ago in Monaco – finishing ahead of Hungarian David Verraszto (4:13.54) and Britain's ... Read More

Another Golden Evening For SA swimmers In Monaco

Monday, 23 May 2022 – Matt Sates picked up where he left off on day two of the Mare Nostrum meeting in Monaco on Sunday, adding two more gold medals to his identical haul from Saturday. First up was the 400m individual medley where the Maritzburg swimmer claimed victory in 4:12.74 – almost five seconds ahead of Britain’s Olympic fourth-place finisher in Tokyo, Max Litchfield. Sates then added another gold in the 200m freestyle, powering home in 1:46.69 with Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer second in 1:47.48. &ldq... Read More