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Our swimmers wrapped up the Sette Colli championships in style in Italy on Saturday with another two medals as the team competed in their final competition before the Olympics later this year, writes Mark Etheridge.

There were silver and bronze medals respectively for Wendy Trott and Chad le Clos on the last day of the three-day event.

And there were also two fourth-place finishes for the team.

Trott took second in the 800-metre freestyle with a time of 8min 25.71sec while Le Clos took bronze in one of his specialist events, the 200m Individual Medley.

He clocked 2:00.03.

And while the in-form Karin Prinsloo failed to get onto the podium in the 200m free, her fourth placed finish saw her set another new South African record. Her time of 1:58.53 bettered Leone Vorster’s 1:58.78 set in Belgrade, Serbia three years ago.

There was also a fourth place for Devon Brown in the 1500m free as he touched in 15:21.98.

Backstroker Charl Crous, took seventh in the 200m B finals, clocking 2:05.04.

The team ended the competitive section of their European campaign with 19 medals from the three Mare Nostrum events in France, Spain and Monte Carlo and five from the Sette Colli championships.

They now stay in Italy for a training camp in Pescara and the pre-Olympic camp in Monaco.


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