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Charl’s third medal boosts Team SA to six so far

By Mark Etheridge

It’s six out of six for Team South Africa at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada!

Saturday saw the sixth and penultimate day of competition at the biennial competition and it was again Charl Bouwer who got into the medal act as he won bronze in the 100m backstroke (S13 category).

He clocked 59.52 seconds and he had the extra satisfaction of setting an African record as well as making the podium. The Stellenbosch based swimmer has now won half of South Africa’s medal haul at the championships.

“Charl had a great start and then tried hard to just keep his same rhythm through to the end,” said Team SA swimming coach, Tadhg Slattery.

Race winner was Belarus swimmer Ihar Boki in 56.99sec.

Also in action was London Paralympics bronze medallist Shireen Sapiro in the 100m S10 backstroke.

She ended fifth in 1:11.67. “Shireen was up against a tough class,” said Slattery. “She had a great stroke for the first 50 but her turn was a bit slow and she tried hard to catch up over the last 50m.” New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe won in 65.95.

Sunday sees seven South Africans in action on the final day of competition.

They are: Kevin Paul (50m Freestyle, straight final), Shireen Sapiro (50m Free), Adri Visser (50m Freestyle), Craig Groenewald (200m IM), Challis Wright (200m IM), Yvonne Smith (200m IM), Charl Bouwer (100m Free).