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Swanepoel’s second title
- Updated: April 5, 2009
South African-born Corney Swanepoel collected his second New Zealand title at the national championships in Auckland and also booked another ticket to the FINA World Championships in Rome later this year.
Having swum the third fastest time in the world this year in winning the 100m butterfly event, the 23-year-old Potchefstroom product timed 23.70sec in the one-lap dash, as he nudged up to eighth spot in the world rankings in this shorter event.
South Africa hold their own national championships, which also double as trials for the World Championships, in Durban’s King’s Park aquatic arena from April 14-19.
Swanepoel is a member of the New Zealand High-Performance Institute and has been earmarked by the Kiwis as a future world champion.
Speaking after his two title-winning swims, Swanepoel said: ÔÇ£ I had done absolutely no fly until five weeks ago. For the last five years I have been concentrating on the 100m butterfly race, so it can get a bit much after all that time. So I wanted to refresh myself and basically with my coach Thomas Ansorg we have changed just about everything.ÔÇ£As well as doing more freestyle we have done less mileage and more power stuff. Mentally it’s really refreshing.
ÔÇ£When you do something new there’s an element of risk so I was a bit nervous before the 100. Now I can go back and work in this, do some hard work to help with the back end of the race. I am pretty excited.ÔÇØ