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Pereira stars in Nigeria
- Updated: December 5, 2011
Team South Africa will be returning home with a spectacular total of 71 medals (36 gold, 25 silver and 10 bronze) and 11 championship records from the four-day 9th Africa Junior Championships which finished in Port Harcourt, Nigeria on Sunday.
On Sunday’s final day, Kyna Pereira swam to a fantastic victory in the 100-metre freestyle and broke Kirsty Coventry’s 1998 Championship Record of 58.94 when she clocked 58.76 to take the gold.
Joshua Steyn added another gold and a Championship Record to his tally, this time in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 31.45 while Faarez Gamieldien claimed the bronze in 34.13.
With another Championship Record, Kyle van Niekerk raced ahead of the pack in the 100m freestyle to take the title with a time of 53.89 while the silver medal went to his fellow countryman Divan du Piesanie in 54.97.
In the girls 50m breaststroke, 13-year-old Jamie Reynolds bagged her fifth medal, with gold, and a new Championship Record. Reynolds touched the wall in a time of 33.74 ahead of team-mate Tshiamo Tshabalala in second with a time of 35.58.
Marlies Ross won gold in the 200m freestyle with a time of 2:11.46, while it was gold and silver for Nikki Kirkby and Nina Hess, clocking 33.97 and 35.24 respectively in the 50m breaststroke.
Chanel Johnston and Michaela Barnes finished first and second in the 200m backstroke in 2:22.20 and 2:26.55 respectively.
Christopher Reid was once again on top of the medal podium when he touched the wall in a time of 1:00.08 in the 200m backstroke ahead of Joshua Finch in 1:02.57.
In the final event of the evening, Brenden Crawford and Alaric Basson collected the silver and bronze in the 100m breaststroke in 1:06.60 and 1:07.10, both inside the Championship Record time of 1:07.55.
The South African team return home on Tuesday 6 December.