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Moore signals intentions
- Updated: August 1, 2009
University of California second year pre-medical student Graeme Moore raced his way to a new career best time in his first major international┬ácompetition, and will remember his 50m freestyle semi-final outing at the FINA World Championships in Rome with pride.┬á
Moore, who is originally from Johannesburg, clocked 21.72 secs to finish┬á11th overall. While he and Roland Schoeman (15th overall in 21.78) did not make the final, there is a reason for much optimism based on the fine performances shown by Moore this week.┬á
“I have been working hard on my strength and technique over the past few months, and to get my 50m freestyle career best time down from 22.49 to tonight’s 21.72, shows that the hard work is paying off,” said Moore.┬á
“I am hoping to take this form into the Telkom SA Short Course Championships which will be held in Pietermaritzburg from August 7-10. I am sure we will see several fast times there too, off the back of the SA team’s performance at the FINA World Championships here in Rome.”┬á
For Schoeman, it was the end of a week of swimming in which results never went his way, in being eliminated early from the 50m butterfly (which he started as defending champion) and the 100m freestyle. He was able to help the SA 4 x 100m relay team to a fifth place finish in the final of this discipline.┬á
Luck ran out for George du Rand shortly before his race in the 200m backstroke final, when his swim suit tore, and like the true sportsman that he is, he soldiered on, finishing last in 1:56.63.┬á
The SA 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of Jean Basson, Sebastien┬áRousseau, Darian Townsend and Jasper Venter found the going tough in the final, ending in last position in 7:08.51. Earlier in the day, the relay┬áunit had clocked an African best of 7:08.01 to advance to the final.