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Two medals for Townsend

Team South Africa celebrated the final night of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup Series with six more medals in Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday.

Darian Townsend claimed the second position on the ranking table based on the points accumulated over the last six legs as well as the $50 000 prize money.

Townsend went on to win the gold medal in the 200-metre individual medley as well as the bronze medal in the 200m freestyle on Sunday.

Touching the wall over a second ahead of the pack in the 200m individual medley, Townsend made it to the top of the medal podium in a time of 1min 54.47sec. Brazil’s Henrique Rodrigues followed in second with 1:55.84 and Sweden’s Simon Sjodin in 1:56.13.

Later on in the evening, Townsend bagged his second medal, this time a bronze, in the 200m freestyle in a time of 1:44.07.

Coming in third on the 2010 rankings to claim the $30 000 prize money was Roland Schoeman who has had a series to remember.

The veteran Olympian celebrated his third place by winning the gold medal in the 50m freestyle with a time of 21.30, a mere 0.02sec ahead of Sweden’s Stefan Nystrand (21.32).

Lyndon Ferns’ time of 51.45 saw him take silver in the 100m butterfly. It was a close race and the winning time of 51.26 went to Sweden’s Lars Frolander with the bronze medal going to Joeri Verlinden in 52.02.

In the 100m breaststroke, Neil Versfeld took the bronze medal in 59.23 behind Stanislav Lakhtyukov from Russia in 58.79 and France’s Hugues Duboscq in 59.20.

And finally another bronze medal for South Africa came the way of George du Rand in the 200m backstroke when he touched in a time of 1:53.83. Russia’s Arkady Vyatchanin (1:51.78) and Poland’s Radoslav Kawecki (1:53.19) claimed the gold and silver respectively.