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More records on the line

Records … all sorts of records, will live nervously at this weekend’s Telkom SA Short Course swimming championships in Pietermaritzburg.

World records, African records and national marks are all under threat from South Africa’s pool stars, just back from the Fina World Championships in Rome, Italy.

One of the prospective record-breakers at the championships from Friday to Monday is World Championship 50m breaststroke bronze medallist Gerhard Zandberg.

ÔÇ£Over the past 10 days, the SA swimmers set a new world record, 20 African records and made 10 finals against the best swimmers in the world,ÔÇØ said Zandberg.

ÔÇ£If you think those performances were fast, wait until we change from a 50 metres swimming pool competition to the 25m short course version.ÔÇØ

Zandberg and his colleagues will be keeping a close eye on the internet to see how the Canadians and British are doing in their short course gala in Sheffield, which starts on August 6.

ÔÇ£The records will tumble in the UK as well, I have no doubt, but we are fortunate to be going into the Telkom SA Short Course Championships so soon after the FINA World Championships,ÔÇØ remarked Zandberg, who clocked 24.34 secs in the 50 metres backstroke final on Sunday at the World Championship.

Competing at the national short course showpiece, is a prerequisite in order to qualify for the SA leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Durban later this year.

Cameron van der Burgh’s times in the 50m breaststroke (a world record of 26.67) and 100m breaststroke (bronze medal) is expected to stand him in good stead going into the short course event.

Young talent like Durban-based swimmers Chad le Clos and Riaan Schoeman in the individual medley races, should provide many moments of excitement, while le Clos’ Westville Boys High schoolmate Charl van Zyl is expected to be in fine form in the backstroke events.

On the women’s front, three-time Olympian Mandy Loots returns to the water to give of her best in the butterfly events, while Port Elizabeth’s teenage swim sensation Jessica Liss is set to be in the hunt for medals in the breaststroke events.

ÔÇ£The Telkom SA Short Course Championships were originally scheduled to be held in Germiston for the second consecutive year, but with many of the coaches requesting for the event to be held at the coast in order to assist the swimmers from a performance perspective following the World Championships in Rome, the event was moved to KwaZulu Natal and some fine swimming is expected,ÔÇØ said Swimming SA CEO Shaun Adriaanse.

The heats sessions begin daily at the GC Jollife pool from 9.30am, with the evening’s finals starting at 4pm, except for the final day’s session which starts at 2pm.