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SA win gold, bronze

The South African swimming team got off to a great start when they claimed a gold and a bronze medal at the opening leg of the 32nd annual Mare Nostrum Series in Barcelona on Saturday.

With a fast and golden time of 23.98sec, veteran Roland Schoeman scooped the 50-metre butterfly title ahead of Rafael Munoz from Spain in second with 24.08 and Nikita Konovalov from Russia in third with 24.13.

It was bronze for Gerhard Zandberg in the 50m backstroke. Zandberg clocked a time of 25.50 behind Britain’s Liam Tancock (25.35) and Japan’s Junya Koga (25.19). Charl Crous finished in seventh position with 25.87.

Cameron van der Burgh just missed out on a medal in the 100m breaststroke when he finished fourth in 1:01.34. Christian Sprenger claimed the gold in 1:00.73, followed by Ryo Tateishi in 1:01.01 and Alexander Dale Oen in 1:01.06.

In other races, Kathryn Meaklim ended in fourth place in the 400m individual medley with a time of 4:49.29 while Michelle Weber finished 10th in the 800m freestyle with a time of 8:52.03.

In the 200m butterfly, Youth Olympics and Commonwealth Games star Chad le Clos swam to fourth position in 1:57.70.

The Barcelona leg concludes on Sunday, after which the South African swimming team will move to Canet  for the event on 8-9 June, followed by the final leg of the Mare Nostrum series in Monaco on 11-12 June.


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