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With five gold medals out of five races and four championship records, the fifth day of the 10th Senior African Swimming Championships in Casablanca, Morocco concluded on a high note for the South African swimming team.

Team South African now have a handsome haul of 48 medals, including 22 golds. Next best are Tunisia, way behind with 13 medals.

It all started with Wesley Gilchrist who broke Theo Verster’s eight-year standing record in the 200-metre butterfly clocking 2min 00.72sec. Wesley led from start to finish touching the wall four seconds ahead of Egypt’s Marwan Osman (2:04.08) and Mostafa Atef (2:06.00).

Then it was Mandy Loots’ turn, breaking her own championship record in the 200m individual medley in 2:16.77. Tunisia’s Sarra Lajnef (2:20.23) claimed the silver and South Africa’s Bianca Meyer finishing with the bronze in 2:20.52.

In the 100m backstroke, Darren Murray added another gold medal to the tally when he finished with a new championship record time of 55.67. Khaled Hussein Mohamed from Egypt followed with 58.09 and Tunisia’s Taki Mrabet in 58.58.

Karin Prinsloo’s quick start won her the gold in the 50m freestyle in 26.31 with Chanelle van Wyk claiming the bronze in 26.76.

To end off the day, the South African quartet of Vanessa Mohr, Chanelle van Wyk, Kathryn Meaklim and Karin Prinsloo were simply unstoppable in the 4x100m medley relay, breaking the six-year standing championship record in a time of 4:09.53.


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