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Versfeld misses final

Neil Versfeld failed to progress to the final of the 200-metre breaststroke on day five of the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China on Thursday evening.

Earlier in the day he had gone through to the semi-finals as the 10th quickest qualifier with a time of 2min 12.54sec.

But getting to the final proved a stroke too far as he ended eighth and last in the second of two semi-finals.

He at least had the consolation of swimming quicker than his morning heat and he was timed at 2:12.32 in the semi-final. The winner of his heat was American Eric Shanteu in 2:10.03 while the first heat was won by Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima in 2:08.81/.

In other morning heat action, Karin Prinsloo continued her fine form at the Championships with a personal best in the 100-metre freestyle. The talented Tuks student won Heat Six in a fast 55.57sec, improving on her previous best time of 55.97.

Despite not going through to the semi-finals the 21-year-old finished 26th of 77 swimmers in the heats and is closing in on the national record of 55.17 set by Lize-Mari Retief at the Beijing Olympics.

Fastest in the heats was Netherlands Femke Heemskerk in 53.75sec.

Then it was the turn for young Darren Murray to give his best in the men’s 200m backstroke. The 20-year-old was all smiles after finishing second in the first heat in a personal best 1:58.73 ÔÇô closing over a second on the final 50m on Columbian Omar Pinzon who had touched in 1:58:48 to take the 16th position and final place in the semi-finals.

Murray ended in 18th, just 0.25sec away from an automatic qualifying spot and was happy with his performance. ÔÇ£My previous best was in Rome in 2009 with the faster suit, so I am very happy.ÔÇØ America’s Clary Scott was quickest qualifier in 1:56.32.


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