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More gold in Moscow

It was business as usual for Team South Africa on the second and final day of the penultimate FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Moscow on Wednesday night.

And once again Roland Schoeman led from the front to claim yet another gold medal as South Africa took four medals for the second night running.

Also on the podium were Darian Townsend and George du Rand who both took silvers while Mandy Loots walked away with the bronze.

In a hard fought 50-metre freestyle race, Schoeman finished with gold in a time of 21.50 seconds. Just 0.17sec behind was Russia’s Nikita Konovalov in 21.67 with the bronze medal going to Sergey Fesikov in 21.75.

In the 200m individual medley, Townsend secured the silver medal when he touched the wall in 1:54.75. Townsend was in the lead up to the 150m mark when Thiago Pereira’s final sprint took him past Townsend to claim the gold in 1:54.26. Dmitry Zhilin’s 1:57.35 won him the bronze.

Du Rand bagged South Africa’s second silver medal of the evening in the 200m backstroke. He ended with a time of 1:52.49 behind world record holder Arkady Vyatchanin (1:51.44) and ahead of Artem Dubovskoy (1:53.11).

In the women’s 200m butterfly, Mandy Loots’ bronze winning time of 2:07.56 ensured her a position on the podium. USA’s Elaine Breeden (2:06.36) and Jasmine Tosky (2:07.23) claimed the gold and silver respectively.

Schoeman, Townsend, Lyndon Ferns, Du Rand and Loots will be now all move on to the final leg of the FINA/Arena World Cup taking place in Stockholm, Sweden this weekend where they will be joined by breaststroker Neil Versfeld.


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