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More than 50 medals as SA dominate Africa Championships
- Updated: September 17, 2012
The South African swimming team dominated the 11th Africa Senior Swimming Championships that ended in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday, winning a total of 51 medals during the competition.
The medal haul was made up of 29 gold, 14 silver and eight bronze. Tunisia ended a distance second on the medals table, with 17 medals, four of them gold.
The South African women once again dominated the final day programme, winning both gold and silver in every race.
The first gold and silver of the night went the way of Mandy Loots and Michelle Webber. Loots and Webber finished in 2min 15.85sec and 2:20.41 in the 200-metre butterfly respectively.
Following her silver medal performance, Webber went one better to grab the gold in the 1500m freestyle in 16:46.46 with Kyna Pereira in second, clocking 17:14.24.
Then it was 13 year-old Nathania van Niekerk who walked away with the 200m backstroke title in a time of 2:20.30, followed by Rene Warnes in 2:21.99.
On the men’s side, Michael Meyer and Ayrton Sweeney scooped the silver and bronze in the 200m individual medley in 2:06.32 and 2:06.74 respectively, while the 400m medley relay team of Rickey Ellis, Itumeleng Lesenyeho, Alaric Basson and Myles Brown took home the bronze in 3:53.66.
Swimming South Africa’s President, Jace Naidoo congratulated all the winners and participants for their outstanding performances and display of great talent during the 11th African Senior Swimming Championships.
ÔÇ£It is a great honour to see our young stars achieve such great success during this year’s event and we at Swimming SA are looking forward to their further growth as part of our 2016 development planÔÇØ said Naidoo.
The South African swimming team will arriving home on Monday (6.50pm) at OR Tambo International Airport.