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SA quartet capture more Mare Nostrum medals

A quartet of South African Olympic swimmers flew the rainbow nation’s flag proudly on Sunday’s final day of the third and final Mare Nostrum meeting in Canet, France, writes Mark Etheridge.

Veteran Gerhard Zandberg took the win in the 50-metre backstroke final with a 25.22sec victory. And then it was another veteran, Roland Schoeman who dominated the 50m butterfly.

The Athens Olympics 4x100m relay gold medallist clocked 25.22 seconds to beat Israel’s Jonathan Kopelev (25.53) and Span’s Aschwin Wildeboer (25.59) in a fine display of power.

London Olympic 100m breaststroke gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh continued to show his dominance in this event, with a 1:00.41 win over Brazilian’s Felipe Lima (1:00.81) and Kiwi Glenn Synders (1:01.45).

And Van der Burgh’s fellow Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos also got in on the medal-winning act.

Lying second after three of the four lengths of the 200m butterfly, the KwaZulu-Natal youngster showed his usual power finish to win in 1:55.40 and moving up to second on the world rankings this year.


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