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Meaklim leads medal haul

Kathryn Meaklim produced a performance that was too hot for the foreign onslaught to handle in the 200 metres individual medley, as South African OPEX provisional 2012 Olympic squad members claimed four medals in the final session of the Mare Nostrum swimming gala in Canet, France Thursday.
Meaklim’s winning effort in 2min 14sec, saw her collect her second medal in as many days having claimed silver in the 400 metres individual medley 24 hours earlier.

Then Cape Town’s University of Georgia-based Wendy Trott, who competed while on a course of antibiotics after bronchitis Wednesday, also added to her medal tally, as she finished second in the 400m freestyle final in 4:10, to add to the gold medal won in the 800m freestyle on the opening day of the three-day gala.

Darian Townsend contributed to the SA team with a silver medal in the 200m individual medley final (2:01), having won bronze in the 100m individual medley a day earlier.

Roland Schoeman made his way to the medal podium with a bronze medal-winning feat in the 50m butterfly, while his Tshwane-based team-mate William Diering ended fourth in the 200m breaststroke (2:13).

The Mare Nostrum competition was a crucial phase in the SA swim team’s preparations ahead of their participation in the FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy from July 26-August 2.


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