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Team SA reach 27

Eight more medals came the way of Team South Africa on the penultimate day of the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Edmonton, Canada on Saturday, writes Mark Etheridge.

South Africa now have 27 medals in the bag with one day to go in the competition that sees many swimmers boosting their qualifying hopes for next years’ London Paralympics. The medal breakdown is nine gold, seven silver and 11 bronze.

There was only one gold for our swimmers in the four events they took part in on Saturday and that went to Beth Nothling, who won the 50-metre backstroke event in the S5 category, clocking 53.07sec.

There were also three silvers and four bronze medals for the team. The silvers went the way of Renette Bloem (3.40.90 in the SM 11 200m Individual Medley), Challis Wright in the men’s SM 14 200m IM (2:24.47) and Shireen Sapiro in the 100m backstroke (S10) where she was timed in 1:09.78.

There were bronze medals in three disciplines. Two came in the Individual Medley events Emily Grey in the 200m IM (SM 9 category) where she swam 2:49.62, and Kevin Paul (SM10 200m IM) who clocked 2:17.33.

Then in the 100m backstroke, Bloem picked up her second medal of the day with bronze in the S11 class (1:46.82) and Gray got her second bronze of the day in the S9 class (1:17.27).

Other SA competitors and results from Saturday:

Women’s 200m Individual Medley
Marike Naude SM13 ÔÇô 2:58.10 ÔÇô sixth

Men’s 200m IM
Craig Groenewald SM14 ÔÇô 2:25.87 ÔÇô fourth

50m backstroke
Sarah Shannon S3 ÔÇô 1:23.93 ÔÇô fifth