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Mandy grabs two gold medals

Pure talent and skill continued to keep the South African swimming team way ahead in the medal standings on the second last day of the 10th Senior African Swimming Championships in Casablanca, Morocco on Saturday evening.

Team South Africa are just four medals shy of 60 on top of the medals table, 38 clear of next best Tunisia. In that medal haul are 26 gold medals.

Mandy Loots once again broke her own championship record in the 200-metre butterfly when she touched the wall over six seconds ahead of team mate Bianca Meyer in 2:11.97. Bianca claimed the silver in 2:18.25.

In the 50m freestyle it was Werner Bosman who ended with the bronze in 22.99 behind the Kenyan brothers of David (22.69) and Jason (22.83) Dunford.

Loots was certainly not done for the evening when she took to the water in the 200m backstroke. She broke Romy Altman’s eight-year-old championship record when she clocked 2:15.66 followed by Jessica Ashley-Cooper in 2:17.28.

The South Africans continued to impress when Jay-Cee Thomson took the gold while breaking Oussama Mellouli’s 2002 championship record in the 200m individual medley. Thomson finished in 2:02.95 with Wesley Gilchrist winning the bronze in 2:06.73.

In the men’s 4 x 100m medley relay, Darren Murray, William Diering, Garth Tune and Neil Watson could not be stopped. Leading from the word go, they finished with a new championship record of 3:43.53. Algeria and Egypt finished with the silver and bronze respectively.

Sunday’s final day sees the men’s and woman’s 5km open water race concluding the week long competition.