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Third gold for Schoeman

World record holder Roland Schoeman bagged his third gold medal on the final day of the Berlin leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup on Sunday evening, this time in the 50-metre freestyle.

His medal was one of five on the night for Team South Africa.

Schoeman finished in 21.01 seconds, ahead of Steffen Deibler from Germany (21.26) and Russia’s Sergey Fesikov (21.42).

Darian Townsend added a silver medal to his name in the 200m individual medley when he touched the wall in 1:54.91. The gold medal went to Brazil’s Thiago Pereira (1:52.81) and the bronze to Germany’s Markus Deibler (1:55.85).

South Africa’s second silver medal of the evening came from George du Rand who finished with a 1:51.86 in the 200m backstroke. Arkady Vyatchanin from Russia ended with the gold in 1:49.48 and Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki in third with 1:52.42.

In the 100m butterfly, it was Lyndon Ferns who claimed the bronze medal in a time of 51.66 behind Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin in 50.75 and Germany’s Steffen Deibler in 50.81.

On the women’s side, Mandy Loots clocked a 2:08.15 in the 200m butterfly to take home the bronze medal. Elaine Breeden from the USA came in first in 2:05.38 with the silver going to Sweden’s Martina Granstroem in 2:07.16.

Schoeman, Townsend, Ferns, Du Rand as well as Mandy Loots will now move on to the sixth leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup taking place in Moscow (2-3 November).


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