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Meaklim makes her mark
- Updated: March 5, 2012
KwaZulu-Natal’s Kathryn Meaklim motored to an Olympic qualifying time at the British Gas Olympic qualifying swimming event in London at the weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.
Meaklim is part of a team of 11 South African swimmers going all out to swim international Olympic qualifying times ahead of the South African Olympic trials in Durban next month.
Meaklim was in action in the 400-metre Individual Medley and bettered the qualifying standard of 4min 41.75sec not once but twice. She was the first South African to achieve a qualifying standard at the London event.
“I’m so, so stoked,” she told Road to London 2012. “In the morning, I went 4.40.48 and the qualifying time is 4.41.75, I just wanted to go as hard as I could and see what I could do, untapered.
“It was an awesome opportunity to race in the Olympic pool, to get a feel of what its going to be like in a couple of months! I felt pretty good, and was a bit surprised at my time, but really stoked.
“Then in the evening, Graham [Hill], my coach just said I must go as hard as I could again, to see how fast I could go, and I went 4.39.98, so stoked to have gone under 4.40. It’s been a long time! I felt good in the evening, I’m really ecstatic to have done the qualifying time twice in one day, and it gives me a bit of confidence going into nationals .
Next up for Meaklim is the 200 IM, an event where she still has to better the Olympic qualifying time.