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Sixty medals for SA

Team South Africa wrapped up their CANA Zone 3 & 4 Swimming Championships campaign in Botswana on Saturday with a total of 60 medals (22 gold, 20 silver and 18 bronze) and 13 new championship records.

Sharne Dicks took her medal tally to nine on the final day of the competition when she raced to a gold medal in the 200-metre individual medley with a time of 2min 32.23sec, Nakita Hodgson claiming the silver in 2:40.62. Later in the evening, Dicks finished with a silver medal in the 100m freestyle (1:03.73).

With the highest number of gold medals, seven, Dicks was the overall top performer of the competition. And Team South Africa’s 60 medals in the competition (22 gold, 20 silver and 18 bronze) saw them finish second to Mauritius (92) on the medal table.

The young and talented Taylor-Jade Kelsey will be bringing home nine medals after she clocked a golden 1:04.50 in the 100m freestyle and raced to the silver medal in the 200m individual medley with a time of 2:51.14 (12 & under age group). Kelsey also won the title of top performer of the competition in her respective age group.

It was bronze for Jamie Nortje in the 200m butterfly (15 & over age group) and Nina Finch in the 200m individual medley (14 & under age group). Nortje touching the wall in 2:49.40, with Finch finishing in a time of 2:45.84.

Steven Botha was flying the South African flag high when he added another gold medal to his name in the 100m freestyle (15 & over age group) in 56.56 and concluded the competition with a silver medal in the 200m individual medley in 2:20.45.

Twelve-year-year old Kairav Ramsingh won the silver in the 200m individual medley with a time of 2:45.80, followed by team mate Darren Minnies who claimed the bronze in 2:51.24. Ramsingh also took home the title of top performer of the competition in his respective age group.

In the 100m freestyle (12 & U age group), Keown Delomoney bagged the silver in a time of 1:07.42, while Joshua Bellairs also collected a silver medal in the 200m butterfly (14 & under age group) in 2:37.19.

To conclude the final day, the girls 15 & over age group 200m freestyle relay team raced to South Africa’s eighteen bronze medal in 2:02.18, behind Mauritius (1:54.45) and Malawi (2:01.84).

The 2012 edition of the CANA Zone 3 & 4 Championships will be hosted by Mozambique.


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