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Roland’s second qualifier
- Updated: April 30, 2012
Olympic gold medallist Roland Schoeman has fulfilled all the criteria to make it a fourth Olympic Games in London later this year, writes Mark Etheridge.
Schoeman swam a 22.08sec in the 50-metre freestyle event at the national championships in Durban last weekend. That was in the semi-finals and he won the final in 22.23.
The A qualifying standard is 22.11.
His final part of the qualifying criteria came in Phoenix, Arizona where he went 22.06sec at the Phoenic Swim Club intrasquad meeting.
Schoeman, won gold, silver and bronze at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, had until May 15 to meet the criteria.
Now 31, Schoeman’s experience should be invaluable at the London Olympics where a squad of around 10 swimmers should make Team South Africa.
At the 2008 Oympics in Beijing, he placed seventh in the 50m freestyle final. No swimmers won medals for South Africa where long jumper Khotso Mokoena was the team’s only medallist when he won silver.