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Gold, silver for Darian

The South African swimming team went one better in the medal tally on the second day of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Singapore on Sunday.

Team SA bagged eight on Saturday and then improved on that by one medal in the third leg of the competition.

First in the water was Darian Townsend who claimed gold in the 200-metre freestyle with a time of 1min 44.30sec. Canada’s Brian Johns came a close second in 1:44.63 with Australia’s Kyle Richardson in third with 1:44.67.

Later on in the evening, Townsend raced to his second medal, this time silver in the 200m individual medley clocking 1:54.58 behind Brazil’s Thiago Pereira.

There is no stopping Cameron van der Burgh. Tshwane’s golden boy raced to another win in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 57.82, a full second ahead of Japan’s Naoya Tomita with the bronze medal going to Kazuki Otsuka from Japan in 59.73.

Kathryn Meaklim bagged an extra two bronze medals to wrap up the third leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in the 400m individual medley in 4:42.62 and the 200m breaststroke in 2:28.08.

Jessica Pengelly, on the other hand, claimed two silvers on Sunday in the 400m freestyle in 4:08.50 behind New Zealand’s Melissa Ingram and in the 400m individual medley with 4:36.37.

Roland Schoeman and George du Rand also raced to silvers in the 50m freestyle (21.43) and 200m backstroke (1:53.17) respectively.

Schoeman, Townsend, Ferns, Moore and Du Rand will now be heading for the fourth leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup taking place in Tokyo on 20-21 October.


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