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Eight medals for SA

The South African swimming team grabbed eight medals on the first day of the third leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Singapore this weekend.

To kick start the day, the South African women collected two medals in the 800-metre freestyle. Leading from start to finish, Jessica Pengelly raced to her first gold medal of the series in a time of 8min 30.22sec while Kathryn Meaklim claimed the bronze in 8:36.32.

Then it was silver and bronze for Graeme Moore and Lyndon Ferns in the 100m freestyle. Moore and Ferns were in the lead for the first 50m but Australia’s Kyle Richardson came from behind to take the gold in 47.40. Moore ended second in 47.47 followed by Ferns in 47.68.

Cameron van der Burgh continued his golden streak to once again claim the 50m breaststroke title ahead of Roland Schoeman. Van der Burgh improved on his time from Beijing of 26.36 when he touched the wall in 26.21 followed by Schoeman in 26.69. The bronze medal went to Brazil’s Junior Gomes in 26.74.

In the 100m individual medley, Darian Townsend won the silver medal, clocking 53.07 behind Thiago Pereira from Brazil in 52.73. The bronze medal was claimed by Russia’s Sergey Fesikov in 53.52.

Roland Schoeman concluded the evening by adding an extra gold medal in the 50m butterfly. Speeding to the finish, Schoeman touched the wall in 22.65, followed by Germany’s Steffen Deibler (22.81) and Japan’s Kohei Kawamoto (23.13).

The Singapore leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup wraps up on Sunday, following which the swimmers move to Tokyo for the event on 20-21 October.


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