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Team South Africa netted another three medals on the final day of the French leg of the Mare Nostrum swimming competition in Canet on Thursday night.

The team swam to a full house of gold,  silver and one bronze, with a championship record thrown in for good measure.

Top of the pops was Gerhard Zandberg, who was in record-breaking form in the 50-metre backstroke. Zandberg shattered the 2009 championship record of 25.14 set by Australia’s Benjamin Treffers with a lightning quick 24.96. On this occasion Treffers had to settle for the silver with his time of 25.05, while Japan’s Junya Koga took the bronze in 25.29.

In a tight 50m butterfly race veteran Roland Schoeman walked away with silver in a time of 23.86. Matthew Targett from Australia claimed gold in 23.43 while Rafa Munoz Perez from Spain won the bronze in 23.88.

Cameron van der Burgh ended South Africa’s medal-winning exploits on the night by winning bronze in the 100m breaststroke clocking 1:01.14. Alexander Dale Oen’s time of 1:00.29 secured him gold and a new championship record, while Japan’s Ryo Tateishi took the silver in 1:00.94.

A number of other South Africans were in action on Thursday night. Karin Prinsloo ended seventh in both the 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle in 29.52 and 56.04 respectively; Vanessa Mohr finished sixth in the 50m butterfly in 27.07 and Bianca Meyer came in seventh in the 200m butterfly with a time of 2:14.18.

In the 400m freestyle, Michelle Weber was fourth with a time of 4:18.66, this after winning the 800m freestyle on Wednesday, Kathryn Meaklim was fifth in 4:19.31 and Natasha de Vos took eighth in 4:22.90. De Vos also swam the 200m backstroke where she finished again ended eighth in a time of 2:22.85.

On the men’s side, Charl Crous ended eighth in the 200m backstroke with a time of 2:06.03, Chad le Clos finished seventh in the 200m butterfly in 1:56.74 and Myles Brown came in fourth in 1500m freestyle with a time of 15:35.13.

The final leg of the Mare Nostrum will take place in Monaco on 11-12 June.


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