The South African junior swimming team opened the 13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships with 23 medals

Tunis, Thursday, 12th September 2019  - A phenomenal start for the youth of Mzansi as the 13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships got underway in Tunis, Tunisia yesterday, Wednesday, 11th September 2019.

The South African swimming team opened the competition with a total of 23 medals (15 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze).

Trinity Hearne and Veronique Rossouw were the gold and silver duo in the 15-16 age group 50m butterfly, clocking 28.62 and 28.66, respectively, and followed that performance with a silver medal for Rossouw in 2:08.21 and a bronze medal for Hearne in 2:08.35 in the 200m freestyle.

Lara van Niekerk was in top form, winning the 15-16 100m breaststroke in 1:10.07 and the 200m individual medley in 2:21.46, while SA’s Dakota Turner claimed the silver in the breaststroke event in 1:12.10 and Hearne the bronze in the medley race in 2:23.95.

SA’s Lisa Klen made her way to the top of the medal podium on two occasions, winning the 13-14 100m breaststroke in 1:15.13 and the 200m individual medley in 2:27.71, while in the 13-14 200m freestyle, it was Lise Coetzee that won the gold in 2:09.06.

Matthew Sates and Matthew Randle scooped the gold and silver in the 15-16 100m breaststroke, clocking 1:03.35 and 1:05.14, respectively, while the 13-14 age-group 100m breaststroke gold medal went to Kian Keylock in 1:07.25.

Keylock was not done for the night, as he also bagged the gold in the 200m freestyle in 2:00.00 and the 200m individual medley in 2:11.99, while the 15-16 50m butterfly gold went to Pieter Coetze in 25.30.

Sates also hit the water in the 200m individual medley and was victorious in 2:05.01 ahead of teammate Luca Holtzhausen in 2:09.61, while Holtzhausen went one better in the 200m freestyle, winning the gold in 1:53.40.

The evening concluded with two gold medals for the South African team, first was the 15-16 age group 4 x 100m mixed freestyle relay team, which won their race in 3:48.41, followed by the men’s 15-16 4 x 200m freestyle win in 7:58.87. The 13-14 mixed freestyle relay team had to settle for the silver in 3:54.87.

13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships Medal Table (Following Day 01):

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

South Africa

15

6

2

23

Egypt

4

9

5

18

Algeria

0

2

6

8

Tunisia

0

1

4

5

Namibia

0

1

1

2

Nigeria

0

0

1

1

 

ENDS

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