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More African records fall!
- Updated: July 30, 2009
George du Rand and Neil Versfeld kept the Swimming SA statisticians busy as they both posted African record performances, on the fifth day of the 13th FINA World Championships in Rome.┬á
Du Rand finished fifth fastest in the 200 metres backstroke heats session, clocking 1min 56.06secs, to smash his previous continental mark of 1:58.61, in booking himself a place in the semi-finals. In the same discipline, fellow-Tshwane-based team-mate Darren Murray ended 25th overall in 1:59.84.┬á
In qualifying for the semi-finals, Versfeld, the African 200mbreaststroke record-holder, showed impressive form to exit the water as the 13th fastest swimmer in his specialist event, with a time of 2:09.86. This was inside his previous African best of 2:10.06. William Diering failed to advance to the semi-finals, ending with the 29th fastest time of the heats (2:12.84).┬á
In the women’s 200m breaststroke heats, Jessica Pengelly (23rd in┬á2:27.64) and Kathryn Meaklim (42nd in 2:33.10) both failed to move through to the semi-final stage.