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World best for Du Rand

Our swimmers broke one world record and set two meeting records on the second and final day of the FINA/Arena World Cup event in Moscow, Russia Saturday.

George du Rand smashed the 200 metres backstroke world record and Cameron van der Burgh and Roland Schoeman clocked meet records.

Tshwane-based Du Rand’s 200m backstroke time of one minute 47.08 seconds was inside the previous world mark held by Austria’s Markus Rogan (1:47.84).

Van der Burgh ÔÇô the world 50 and 100m breaststroke record-holder ÔÇô continued from setting a World Cup record in the 50m breaststroke on Friday to clock another World Cup record time of 56.36 in the 100m breaststroke. His previous World Cup record time had stood at 56.60 achieved in the opening leg of the five event series in Durban last month.

Neil Versfeld, who took gold in the 200m breaststroke 24 hours earlier in the short course swim showpiece, finished fourth the 100m breaststroke final in 57.91.

Fifty metres freestyle world record-holder Schoeman added a World Cup record time of 20.88 to his impressive list of achievements, eclipsing the previous mark of 20.93 which had been set by Swede Stefan Nystrand. Schoeman’s Olympic team-mate Lyndon Ferns finishing fourth in 21.44.

Ferns did make it on to the medal podium in finishing second in the 100m butterfly in 50.19 in a race in which Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin set a world record of 48.99. Another SA swimmer Garth Tune ended fourth in the same race in 51.13.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Darian Townsend continued from where he left off in taking silver in the 100m individual medley the previous evening, to win the 200m individual medley title in 1:52.93. Durban teenage swim sensation Chad le Clos ended fourth in the same race in 1:57.87.

Kathryn Meaklim and Chanelle van Wyk finish in fourth place in the 400m Individual Medley (4:29.56) and 100m backstroke (58.33) respectively.


I have heard that Swimming South Africa fired their Head Coach, Karoly who heads the NTC in the Western Cape. If this is true, I believe it is totally unacceptable. If you look at the results of the recent African Junior Swimming champs in Mauritius, majority of the medal winners came from his group. He further coached Chanelle Van Wyk, one of the top black females in the country. This is totally mindboggling. Oh, they are making way for a non white coach. Why not retain him and let the non white coach work with him. This is a bad for south african swimming.