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Five medals for SA, two for Prinsloo in Perth
- Updated: February 1, 2014
By Mark Etheridge
Chad le Clos was the pick of the South African team contesting the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in Perth on Friday evening.
The SA team picked up five medals on the opening night of the two-day event.
The team, a blend of Olympians and up and coming talent, are taking part against swimmers from the host nation Australia, Brazil, China and Japan.
Le Clos won silver in his specialist event, the 200-metre butterfly. The 2012 Olympic gold medallist and 2013 world champion was always on the back foot against 19-year-old Daiya Seto of Japan.
The Japanese swimmer lead from start to finish and touched in one minute 54.82sec, compared to Le Clos’s 1:56.45.Seto is the current 400m individual medley world champion.
There was also a silver medal for Pretoria’s Karin Prinsloo in the 400m freestyle. She touched in 4:07.92, just behind Aussie Bronte Barratt who clocked 4:07.44.
Prinsloo picked up two medals on the night as she also won bronze in the 100m freestyle with a time of 54.58sec behind Australians Cate Campbell (53.08) and Bronte Campbell (53.98).
Myles Brown picked up the South African team’s other individual medal when he won bronze in the 400m free with a time of 3:50:54 as Aussie Mack Horton won in 3:47.98.
The fifth SA medal came in the women’ 4x200m freestyle relay where the quartet clocked 8:16.68 behind Australia and Japan. The SA swimmers were established aces Karin Prinsloo and Rene Warnes and youngsters Kyna Pereira (17) and Marlies Ross (16).