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Jessica’s four golds
- Updated: April 3, 2011
Jessica de Beer cleaned up in Germiston on Saturday after the first two days of the Telkom SA Level 1 Age Group Swimming Championships at the Delville Swimming Pool with four gold medals.
De Beer was too strong for her opposition in the 200 metre breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke. Nazeerah Ally pushed her the closest in the 100m breaststroke, finishing less than half a second behind Jessica’s 1min 26.79sec. Ally touching in 1:27.09.
They met again in the 200m breaststroke, but this time Jessica’s winning margin was almost 3 seconds ÔÇô 3:04.08 to 3:06.73. In the 200m individual medley Jessica was again the winner by over 2 seconds, touching the wall in2:53.35 with Angelique Delamere second in 2:55.52. In the 200m freestyle Jessica was too strong for Tanya van Straaten, although this time her winning margin was just over a minute ÔÇô 2:31.15 to 2:32.28.
At the Joan Harris Swimming Pool in East London, Otto Wijnand collected two gold medals, a silver and bronze over the first two days.
The gold coming in the 100m backstroke where he defeated Willem Smit 1:13.10 to 1:13.99. The second gold came in the 100m freestyle. This time it was Dale Leeuw who had to give best. Wijnand was over a second clear of Smit when he touched in 1:02.64. Smit came home with a time of 1:03.78.
The silver medal came in the 50m backstroke behind Jason Woodley. The margin of victory Woodley had over Wijnand a mere 2/10th second. When Woodley hit the wall the clock read 33:12 seconds. Wijnand was timed at 33.37sec.
Farouk Sohail was too good in the 200m individual medley with a time of 2:37.89. Rado Mintchev was comfortably in second (2:41.37) whilst Wijnand had to settle for bronze (2:45.51).
In Kimberley the brothers Van Niekerk traded medals as first Neil won gold in the 200m breaststroke over James and then the roles were reversed in the 100m breaststroke. The 200m was won in 2:57.58 to 2:59.59. It was much closer in the 100m breaststroke 1:20.99 to 1:21.19.
Ludwig van Jaarsveld was another multiple medal winner with his gold in the 200m individual medley, silver in the 50m butterfly and asecond silver in the 100m breaststroke.
After two days of competition, future stars are already beginning to make their mark, and with one more day to go, the Telkom SA Level 1 Regional Age Group Championships are once again providing opportunities to the next generation of swimmers.