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Meaklin rules the world

Our Kathryn Meaklim is on top of the world after setting a new world record in the 400 metres individual medley at the final leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Singapore on Sunday.

Meaklim’s time of 4min 22.88sec was 2.18 seconds faster than the previous record held by Mireia Belmonte of Spain.

Meaklim went on to take another gold medal in the 200m breaststroke (2:20.52) with Ronwyn Roper ending fifth (2:27.34).

And Meaklim’s SA teammate Cameron van der Burgh ended the series on a supreme note as he took the grand prize of US$100 000 for the second year in a row with Roland Schoeman claiming the second prize of US$50 000.

In the 100m breaststroke, Van der Burgh won gold in 56.25, while Neil Versfeld claimed the silver (56.74).

Schoeman won silver in the 50m freestyle with a time of 20.89, while Wesley Gilchrist finished seventh (22.37).

Darian Townsend continued to show fine form by achieving gold in the 200m individual medley (1:52.49), while Jay-Cee Thomson collected bronze in a time of 1:56.86 and Wesley Gilchrist ended fifth (1:59.47).

Townsend made his second trip to the podium with another gold in the 200m freestyle (1:41.65), with Jay-Cee Thomson finishing sixth (1:46.04).

Garth Tune took silver in the 100m butterfly with a time of 50.36.

Mandy Loots set an African record time of 2:04.24 and finished with silver in the 200 m butterfly.

In the 1500 metres freestyle, Deaflyimpics superstar Terence Parkin ended forth with a deaf world record breaking time of 15:31.55. The previous record was held by Alexander Weinhagen from Sweden (16:21.38), set in 2007.

In the 50m breaststroke, Ronwyn Roper finished fifth in 31.74. In the 100m backstroke, Jessica Ashley-Cooper ended sixth (1:00.02), while Sarah Ferguson finished seventh in the 100m individual medley (1:08.64)


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