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Two more medals in Tokyo for Townsend

Our sole 2012 Olympics competitor at the Tokyo leg of the Fina World Cup series, Darian Townsend won another gold and silver medal in the pool on Tuesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Townsend missed the 100-metre freestyle event on the first of two days after his name wasn’t entered to swim.

Second at the halfway mark of the 200m freestyle, the London Olympian went on to touch first in 1min 43.31 second and collect 889 Fina Ranking points. Australians filled the rest of the podium, with Robert Hurley second in 1:43.93 and Tomasso D’Orsogna third in 1:44.49.

Less than an hour later and Townsend was back at it, this time in the 200m Individual Medley. He had a strong finish to end second to the host nation’s Daiya Seto who touched in 1:52.48.

The Pietermaritzburg swimmer, now based in Tucson (US) was credited with a tie of 1:53.30 for a further 917 points. He now lies eighth on the FINA World Cup overall scoring rankings with 24 points with just one leg of the series left to swim, in Singapore.

Despite only taking part in the first two legs, Olympic double-medallist Chad le Clos is SA’s best ranked swimmer in sixth spot with 36 points. Australia’s Kenneth To tops the list with 145.

In the women’s events, Mandy Loots ended eighth in the women’s 200m ‘fly, clocking 2:10.88 behind Japan’s Yuuna Kikuchi who won in 2:09.47.