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Team South Africa swimming squad claimed two gold, one silver and two bronze medals on the first day of the Canet, France leg of the Mare Nostrum series on Wednesday evening.

Once again it was Cameron van der Burgh who showed his prodigious skills in the 50-metre breaststroke when he won the gold with a fast time of 27.72 seconds. It was a close race between the South African and Japan’s Ryo Tateishi who touched the wall in a time of 27.88 to take home the silver. Russia’s Aleksandr Triznov took the bronze in 28.05.

Team SA teenager Michelle Weber bagged the 800m freestyle title, the 14-year-old finishing over five seconds ahead of the pack. Weber’s time of 8:49.68 secured her first position in front of France’s Lara Grangeon in 8:55.45 and Denmark’s Nie Nielsen in 8:56.86.

In the 50m freestyle, Roland Schoeman finished with silver in a time of 22.49 behind Australia’s Matthew Targett in 22.19. The bronze was shared between Russia’s Evgeny Lagunov and Australia’s Cameron Prosser when they both clocked 22.54.
Kathryn Meaklim was rewarded with a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley.

She clocked 2:16.46 behind France’s Lara Grangeon in 2:14.52 and Sweden’s Ida Marko-Varga in 2:15.76. Another South African, Bianca Meyer came in seventh with a time of 2:17.86.

South Africa’s second bronze medal came from Chad le Clos when he swam to a 52.91 in the 100m butterfly. Takuro Fujii from Japan walked off with the gold in 52.24 and Kaio Marcio Almeida from Brazil took the silver in 52.81.

In other races on Wednesday night, Karin Prinsloo finished eighth in both the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke events in 26.06 and 1:02.38 respectively.  Ronwyn Roper (2:31.17) and Jessica Liss (2:34.74) ended fifth and eighth in the 200m breaststroke, respectively.

Myles Brown ended in fourth place in the 400m freestyle with a time of 3:55.70, while Gerhard Zandberg (55.14) and Charl Crous (55.78) finished fifth and sixth in the 100m backstroke, respectively.

The Canet leg will be wrapped up on Thursday following which the South African team will be heading for the final Mare Nostrum competition in Monaco on 11-12 June.


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