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Karin’s London qualifier

By Mark Etheridge

Karin Prinsloo became the second South African team member at the British Gas Olympic selection gala to swim an Olympic qualifying time in London on Thursday.

After Kathryn Meaklim had qualified in the 400-metre Individual Medley on the opening day of the championships, Prinsloo joined her in bettering the Olympic mark when she won the ‘Guest’ 200m backstroke final. The Marble Hall, Pretoria swimmer touched in 2min 10.34sec to beat Bulgaria’s Ekaterina Avramova (2:10.43).

The FINA A qualifying standard is 2:10.84. South African swimmers are required to swim qualifying times once internationally and once at the Olympic trials in Durban next month.

Earlier in the competition she had wasn’t too far away from qualifying in the 200m freestyle. She swam 1:59:56 to end second in the Guest Final, won by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in 1:55:23. Qualifying time is 1:58.33.

A team of 11 South Africans is in London, experienced the pool to be used for the Olympic Games in London later this year.

Two more South Africans in action on Friday will be distance athletes Heerden Herman and Miles Brown in the men’s 1500m freestyle heats.

Herman’s coach, Pierre de Roubaix is with the team in London along with another of his charges, Paralympic ace Charl Bouwer. The Stellenbosch based coach was full of praise for the swimming set-up. “The Olympic complex is pretty impressive and well organised with regards to the special set-up. ┬áTransport, accommodation and venues are all close to each other. ┬áThis is usually crucial for the athletes who like to avoid travelling too much.”


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