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Gerhard Zandberg fared best for Team South Africa on the penultimate day of the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China on Saturday.

Zandberg, who won the bronze medal over the distance in Rome two years ago, led the field into the semi-finals with a time of 24.72 seconds.

Frenchman Camille Lacourt was second-fastest 0.31 behind Zandberg, followed by German Helge Meeuw and Swiss swimmer Flori Lang.

Zandberg was one of two South Africans to progress from the morning heats.

Suzaan van Biljon, back in action after a two-year hiatus from the pool, lived to fight another day as she ended 15th fastest qualifier in the 50m breaststroke heats. She clocked 31.96 for fourth in her heat as world record-holder Jessica Hardy of the US was fastest into the semis in 30.20.

But in the women’s 50m freestyle Karin Prinsloo failed to get past the heats. She finished seventh in her heat and ended 25th fastest qualifier in 25.89 as Sweden’s Theresa Alshammar and American Jessica Hardy were fastest, both clocking 24.82.

There was also no joy for our women’s 4X100m individual medley as they ended 15th of 17 teams in the heats. Prinsloo, Van Biljon were joined by Vanessa Mohr and Leone Vorster to combine for a total of 4:04.97, which put them 8.02 behind winners. Former South African Sarah Poewe was part of a German team that were eighth fastest in the heats and last to qualify for the semis.

Last of the South Africans in action, Stellenbosch’s Heerden Herman was well off the pace in the 1500m, ending 17th in the heats, his time of 15.21.92 being 33.79sec behind fastest qualifer, China’s Yang Sun.


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