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Louw into 50m final

Gideon Louw swam his way into the final of the mens’ 50-metre freestyle final in the afternoon session of the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China on Friday.

Louw improved on his morning heat time of 22.21sec when he ended fourth in the second-semi-final with a time of 22.02 that took him into the final as joint sixth fastest qualifier.

But there was no such luck for Olympic veteran Roland Schoeman who swam the same semi as Louw but trailed home last in both the heat and of the semi-finalists in 22.42sec. Louw is currently studying at Auburn University in the US, the same university attended by Schoeman earlier in this career.

Fastest into the final were Brazilians Bruno Fratus (21.76) and world recordholder Cesar Filho Cielo in 21.79 with American Nathan Adrian third quickest in 21.94.

Also going no further in the 100m butterfly was Chad le Clos. After qualifying 13th fastest for the semis with a 52.34 to win his heat, the 19-year-old Durban swimmer swam 0.10sec slower who was last in the second semi-final with a time 52.44 in the same semi as world recordholder Michael Phelps.

The American was fastest of the semi-finalists with his 51.47, 0.07sec quicker than next best Konrad Czerniak of Poland.

Earlier, teenager Vanessa Mohr failed to make the final of the 50-metre butterfly in the afternoon session of the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China on Friday.

Sixth in her morning heat, the Pretoria swimmer was last in the second semi-final, her 26.74sec marginally slower than the 26.69 that had put her through to the semis.

World record-holder Therese Alshammer was quickest into the final with a 25.52 clocking.


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