Gwangju, Saturday, 13th July 2019 - It was a slow start for the South African aquatics team at the 18th FINA World Championships

 The 18th FINA World Championships, which officially kicked off yesterday in Gwangju, South Korea.

Gauteng diver Julia Vincent opened the Championships with a 4th place qualification in the 1m Springboard Preliminary round, scoring 241.35 points but fell behind in today’s final, concluding the event in an overall 12th position with 236.40 points.

Vincent, alongside team-mate Micaela Bouter, will also participate in the 3m Springboard event on Thursday, 18th July 2019.

KZN brothers Michael and Christopher McGlynn concluded the men’s 5km Open Water race in 22nd and 43rd place in 53:42.4 and 54:06.2, respectively, while in the first Artistic Swimming event of the competition yesterday, Laura Strugnell and Emma Manners-Wood finished the Duet Technical Preliminary round in 42nd place with 65.4588 points.

Tomorrow’s action packed programme will feature Michelle Weber and Robyn Kinghorn in the Open Water 10km event, while the women’s Water Polo team will take on the Netherlands in their opening match of the competition.

ENDS

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