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Jessica gets more gold for SA

South Africa wiped out the opposition to dominate the 10th Senior African Swimming Championships in Casablanca, Morocco.

Sunday’s final day of competition featured just two events, the open water categories. At the completion of the championships, Team South Africa were able to look back on a total of 59 medals, made up off an amazing 27 golds, 16 silvers and 16 bronze medals.

Next best were Tunisia with 18 medals, three of them gold, while Egypt won two golds and a total of 20 medals.

On the final day of the competition, it was Jessica Roux who collected South Africa’s final gold medal in the women’s five-kilometre Open Water race. In a hard fought swim in Sedi Abed, Jessica came out tops with a time of 45min 02.78sec.

Morocco’s Sara el Bekri claimed the silver medal in 46:28.06 followed by Malya Mgehezzi Bakhouche from Algeria in 46:30.08.

In the men’s 5km Open Water race the battle was between Egypt’s Hadeil Mohamed and Team SA’s Daniel Marais. In the end, it was Hadeil’s (40:50.36) final stride which won him the gold, a mere second ahead of Daniel (40:51.31).

South Africa’s Abdul-Malick Railoun took the bronze in 41:33.12.


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