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Karin stars in Canet

Karin Prinsloo celebrated her inclusion in Team South Africa for the Olympics later this year in record-breaking style the very same day, writes Mark Etheridge.

Prinsloo was included in the swimming squad of 16 announced at Olympic House on WednesdayÔǪ that evening she showed just why she got the nod from Swimming South African and the country’s Olympic governing body SASCOC.

She was taking part in the Mare Nostrum series, the second leg, in Canet, France: “I came fifth in the 200m freestyle with a 1min 58.67. It was another SA record and a personal best for me,” she told Road to London 2012.

The previous mark of 1:58.76 was set three years ago by Leone Verster.

The next night Prinsloo contested the 200m backstroke final. “I came third there and my time wasn’t great but I was really tired,” said the Pretoria based swimmer. Her time was 2:12.68 in a race won by Britain’s Lizzie Simmonds in 2:08.94.

Also in action were rising star Chad le Clos who swam a 1:55.46 in one of his two speciality events, the 200m butterfly. His time was the seventh fastest in the world this year but he’s already gone 1:55.30 previously this year. That win came on the back of his 200m IM win the previous day (2:01.14).

And there was a great double from Devon Brown in the long-haul events. He won the 1500m free in 15:27.67 after taking gold in the 400m on day one of the championships (3:53.86).

In the non-Olympic 50m breaststroke dash, our Giulio Zorzi, training partner of Cameron van der Burgh, clocked 27.88 to take second behind Brazil’s Felipe Liima (27.77).