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Roland on a roll in Tokyo

Led by veteran Roland Schoeman our swimmers powered their way to another four medals on the first day of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Schoeman continued his fine form by claiming two gold medals on the first day of the competition.

With Cameron van der Burgh having returned to South Africa after a successful Commonwealth Games and first three legs of the World Cup, Schoeman took over the spotlight, racing to the top of the medal podium in the 50-metre breaststroke as he clocked 26.42 seconds. Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima and Ryou Tateishi followed in 26.95 and 27.00 respectively.
Schoeman made his second visit to the top of the podium later on in the evening in the 50m butterfly. His trademark fast start won him the gold in a time of 22.56 ahead of Germany’s Steffen Deibler (22.64) and Japan’s Kohei Kawamoto (23.21).
Graeme Moore finished second in the 100m freestyle with a time of 47.53 after Australia’s Kyle Richardson (47.26). Sergey Fesikov from Russia claimed the bronze in 47.61.

Darian Townsend wrapped up the South African medal haul with a bronze medal in the 100m individual medley. Townsend touched the wall in 53.00 behind Thiago Pereira from Brazil in 52.84 and Japan’s Takurou Fujii in 52.92.

The Tokyo leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup wraps up on Thursday, following which the swimmers move to Europe where the fifth leg will be taking place in Berlin on 30-31 October.