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Chad gets SA’s first medal

By Mark Etheridge

Chad Le Clos’ silver was the highlight of Team South Africa’s opening day efforts at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore on Sunday.

Le Clos, 18, powered his way to a silver medal in the final of the boys’ 400-metre freestyle final.

A product of Westville Boys High in KwaZulu-Natal, Le Clos clocked 3min 51.37sec to take silver behind China’s Jun Dai (3:50.91). Venezuela’s Cristian Quintero was third in 3:53.44.

Also in action at the Singapore Sports School pool were Taryn-Anne McKenzie who clocked 33.51 for the 50m breaststroke heats and 33.47 in the semi-final and Murray McDougall clocked 57.43 in the 100m backstroke heat and then ended fourth in the semi with a 56.67 clocking.

Oneida Cooper contested two events, the 100m backstroke (1:06.05) and the 200m Individual Medley (2:27.82).

The mixed 4x100m freestyle relay saw our team place 13th in the heats with a 3:43:85 clocking.

In other sports contested on Sunday, our men’s basketball team went down 28-12 to the US in the group match and the rowing pair of Akan Makamu and Juliet Donaldson placed fourth in their heat to progress to the repechage.

And in the weightlifting Central Gauteng’s John Ramela placed 10th in the 56kg final, with a lift of 185kg.

The other sport contested by Team SA was wrestling and Leonard Gregory ended seventh in the 58kg division final of the Greco-Roman division.

Gail Shankland
Gail Shankland

Well done Chad you have done us proud. Good luck for the rest of your events. Well done Graham good luck to you and your swimmers for the rest of the games