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Natalie’s new WR

Natalie Du Toit’s world record was the highlight of day two of the Telkom SA National Aquatics Championships in Durban on Tuesday.

Du Toit set a new world record in the 50m butterfly S9 category and Roland Schoeman also had plenty to celebrate as he became the second swimmer to set an A qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games, followed by Cameron van der Burgh and Jean Basson.

Du Toit, who had already won the 10km and 5km open water titles at Midmar Dam at the weekend, was in sublime form, touching the wall in 31.98sec, well inside the previous world record of 32.56sec set by Annabelle Williams of Australia on 4 July 2008 in Sydney.

ÔÇ£I really did not expect this record. It’s been a busy time for me with the Disabled Games in March, the open water swim on the weekend and today the 50m butterfly and 1500m freestyle (Du Toit successfully defended her title) and I have changed my coach to Dean Price at the end of last year; so I did not expect that at all. But I also want to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, so I am really happy.ÔÇØ

Schoeman gave indication that swimsuit or no swimsuit, he was in awesome form and gunning for a place on the Commonwealth team. In the morning heats of the 50m Bbutterfly, Schoeman clocked 23.96sec and looked very comfortable.

Then in the semi-finals, he was imperious, finishing in 23.58sec after his trademark good start, and well inside the Commonwealth Games qualification mark of 23.73sec. And the final is yet to come.

In the morning session of the 100m breaststroke for men, Cameron van der Burgh was clearly out of sorts. ÔÇ£I have been doing a lot of different training to adapt to the swim without the suit and that has included trimming down to have less drag in the water.ÔÇØ

Van der Burgh was comfortably beaten by Ashley Oliver in the heats. The semi-final though was another story entirely. As soon as Van der Burgh left the blocks he was in control. When he touched the wall after the 100m he had a two-second advantage over Neil Versfeld and was well within the qualification time of 1:01.57 as he won in 1:00.96.

ÔÇ£I am relieved, the pressure is off and this was only the semi-final. Now I can just relax for the final.ÔÇØ Van der Burgh will also be tackling the 200m breaststroke seriously for the first time. ÔÇ£If I can just lower my personal best, I will be happy..

To conclude the second night on a high note, Jean Basson ended with an A qualifying time of 1:48.48 in the 200m freestyle race.

For full results please visit – http://ssa.sportza.co.za


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