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Teenager Webber swims to gold in Canada

KwaZulu-Natal teenager Michelle Webber took gold at the inaugural FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships taking place in Welland, Canada.

Waving the South African flag high, the 15-year-0ld claimed the top spot in the five kilometre race with a time of 1hr 00min 05.60sec ahead of Germany’s Lena-Sophie Burmel and Patricia-Lucia Wartenberg who finished in a close 1:00:08.00 and 1:00.27.00 respectively.

KZN’s Sarah-Lee Nordengen ended 17th in 1:03:08.00.

In other results, KZN’s Chris McGlynn finished in 21st place in the Junior Boys 7.5km race, clocking a time of 1:32:13.80, followed by Gauteng’s Gareth Beech in 36th position in a time of 1:35:49.60.

Saturday will see KZN’s Nicole Brits and Kira Hauptfleisch take to the water in the 7.5km event while Andries Schoeman and Western Province’s Rudolf Visser will be in action in the 5km race.

The final day of competition will take place on Sunday with Webber, Nordengen, Brits, Hauptfleisch, Schoeman, Visser, McGlynn and Beech swimming the 3km.


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