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Gerhard is SA’s last hope
- Updated: July 31, 2011
Riaan Schoeman fell an agonising 0.05sec short of making the finals of the men’s 400-metre individual medley on the final day of the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China on Sunday.
Schoeman ended fourth in his heat (a total of 34 swimmers that started) with a time of 4min 16.53sec and 0.05sec slower than the 4:16.48 that saw Britain’s Roberto Pavoni as the eighth and last qualifier
American powerhouse Ryan Lochte’s 4:11.89 saw him go into Sunday evening’s final as the fastest qualifier ahead of Japan’s Yuya Horihata (4:13.68).
Team South Africa also failed to make the final of the women’s 400m IM, Kathryn Meaklim ending 11th overall in the heats.
She clocked 4:41.07 to end third in her heat. Swimming in the same heat 18-year-old American Elizabeth Beisel was fastest qualifier into the finals with a time of 4:34.95.
And in the final of just three morning events, the SA 4x100m medley the South African quartet of Charl Crous, Cameron van der Burgh, Chad le Clos and Graeme Moore also fell short.
They combined for a time of 3:36.47, 4.05sec behind fastest qualifers, the United States, and 0.28sec off the eighth and final qualifying time swum by the British outfit.
The morning results mean that Gerhard Zandberg will be Team SA’s sole swimmer in the afternoon’s final events. He swims the 50m backstroke final and both the team and the nation will be hoping he can add to South Africa and Cameron van der Burgh’s two bronze medals thus far in the championships.