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Third gold for Charl

Team South Africa’s medal count moved up to 19 after the third day of the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Edmonton, Canada on Friday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Our swimmers added six more medals after winning six on the first day and seven on the second as the bid to qualify for next year’s Paralympics in London gathers pace.

In terms of gold medals it was South Africa’s most successful day of the championships as four more found their way into the team’s medal chest. They have now won eight golds, four silver and seven bronze.

Almost 200 swimmers from 14 countries are competing the championships which end on Sunday.

South Africans were involved in three events on Friday. Charl Bouwer won his third gold medal of the championships, the visually impaired ace winning the 100-metre backstroke. The Beijing Paralympic gold medallist won the S13 category in 1min 00.71sec.

Our three other gold medals all came in the 100m breaststroke. They went to multiple Paralympian Tadgh Slattery in the SB5 category (1:40.03), Kevin Paul (1:06.45 in the SB9 code) and Hendrick Herbst who swam in the SB11 category, winning in 1:35.01.

Our other medals, both bronze, came in the 100m freestyle where Emily Gray was third in the S9 category (1:08.08) and Stellenbosch’s Renette Bloem filled the same spot in the S11 class (1:26.14).

Other SA swimmers in action on Friday, and their results, were:

Men’s 100m backstroke
Achmat Hassiem S10 ÔÇô 1:10.96 ÔÇô fifth
Craig Groenewald S14 ÔÇô 1:13.25 ÔÇô ninth

Women’s 100m freestyle
Sarah Shannon ÔÇô S3 ÔÇô 3:03.45 ÔÇô eighth
Beth Nothling ÔÇô S5 ÔÇô 1:51.22 ÔÇôfifth
Shireen Sapiro ÔÇô S10 ÔÇô 1:07.99 ÔÇô seventh
Marike Naude ÔÇô S12 ÔÇô 1:09.77 ÔÇô seventh

Men’s 100m breaststroke
Challis Wright ÔÇô SB 14 ÔÇô 1:13.72 ÔÇô fourth
Craig Groenewald ÔÇô SB 14 ÔÇô 1:18.02 ÔÇô sixth


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