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Stars share seven medals
- Updated: August 10, 2011
A combination of youth and experience saw Karin Prinsloo and Mandy Loots stealing the show on the final day of the SA Short Course Swimming Championshps in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Young Prinsloo and veteran Loots bagged seven medals between them, reports Sapa.
Prinsloo, 21, continued her medal haul winning three gold medals and one silver on the final day which brought her total medal tally to nine for the championships.
She opened the finals on Tuesday winning gold in the women’s 50-metre freestyle, clocking 25.86 then continued her domination in the pool when she made easy pickings of her competition in the women’s 50m backstroke winning in 25.86.
She then went on to win the women’s 200m freestyle and received the silver medal as part of the Tuks Swimming Club quartet in the 4x100m medley relay. The swimmer from Pretoria said she had not planned to swim at the championships and did not expect such a good showing. “I think it is good experience before the World Cup series and the All Africa Games,” said Prinsloo. “It has been the most tired I’ve been at any championships.”
She said the short course championships was an ideal opportunity to tweak certain areas she was struggling with. Despite a good performance, Prinsloo said she still needed to improve on her starts and streamlining under water.
Loots gave Prinsloo a good run for her money in the race to finish the championships with the most gold medals. With four gold medals and one silver already in the bag Loots came out firing on the final day adding three more gold medals to bring her total haul to seven medals.
Loots led the women’s 100m butterfly from start to finish leaving the rest of the field in her wake touching in 59.65. Marne Erasmus finished in second place in a time of 1:03.27 with Chanel Johnston taking third place clocking 1:05.94.
The 33-year-old Loots then added two more gold medals to her tally by winning the women’s 200m individual medley in a time of 2:16.68 and also finishing first in the 200m backstroke.
Gerhard Zandberg got yet another scare as he was challenged by 21-year-old Garth Tune in the men’s 50m backstroke. The two swimmers were going toe-to-toe and on the final lap Tune seemed to get the better of the veteran swimmer. Zandberg, however, managed to touch first, pipping Tune by 0.03 seconds.
The 28-year-old Zandberg finished in a time of 24.67, with Tune posting a time of 24.70 while Coenraad Swart took bronze in 25.72.
This gave Zandberg his fifth golden medal of the championships adding to the gold he won in the 100m backstroke, individual medley and 50m backstroke he won in the previous three days.
He was also part of two Tuks Swimming Club relay quartets who won gold in the 4x100m freestyle and 4x50m freestyle relays.
Zandberg made a final bow in the 4x100m medley relay where his team won silver to give him his sixth medal of the championships.