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Rousseau ‘flies’ to World Champs qualifying spot
- Updated: April 16, 2015
As Myles Brown’s impressive run of form continued at the national swimming championships in Durban on Wednesday evening, Sebastien Rousseau became the fourth swimmer to book his place at the FINA World Championships in Russia later this year.
Brown’s 200-metre freestyle victory over fellow Olympian and training partner Chad le Clos means he now has two world qualification times to boast of, the first having been his victory in the 400m free.
He clocked 1:47:44 with Le Clos’ 1:47.89 also inside the stipulated qualification time. The latter’s 1:47.93 in the semi-finals on Tuesday had also already ensured his slot.
Rousseau, pictured above, won the semi-final of the 200m butterfly with a time of 1:56:40 with Le Clos second in 1:57.39 but outside the 1:56.97 standard.
Said Brown after his 200m victory: ‘It’s always nice to get a win and although it’s not a great time for world rankings I really wanted to get the qualifying time tonight. Chad is really a tough competitor to beat.’
‘I’m really happy with the win tonight. I will see how fit I am to do the 800m free tomorrow, but I am excited to race the 4X100m relay as well.”
Brown said he was satisfied with his performances in the pool as he had achieved qualifying times in the 400m and the 200m free which was his main goal ahead of the championships.
Le Clos wasn’t quite as happy and said he was hoping to go at least two seconds quicker on the night.
‘I am obviously very disappointed with my time, I wanted to go faster. I really thought I would do 1:45.00, I have had really good training before the championships, I feel I am in my best shape. I have to swim this time at Mare Nostrum. I know I have a lot of work to do.’
As for Rousseau: ‘The plan was to just swim a good time as the 200 fly is really important race to me. I think for the relay Chad, Myles and myself have a good chance to challenge at the Olympics – it’s a pity Dylan Bosch isn’t competing here.’
In the 100m backstroke Ricky Ellis was crowned champion posting a time of 55.61 seconds to beat Neil de Villiers (55.70) in second place and Gerhard Zandberg in third place with 55.77 seconds.
In the women’s racing, Mariella Venter claimed the women’s 100m backstroke title with a time of 1:02.03, while Nathania van Niekerk came second with 1:02.72 and Jessica Ashley-Cooper third in 1:03.09.
Tatjana Schoenmaker, flag bearer for Team South Africa at the African Youth Games in Botswana last year, beat Tara Nicholas to the wall in the women’s 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:08.85.
Nicholas clocked a time of 1:09.04 with Franko Jonker taking third place in 1:09.98.
In the 200m freestyle semi-final, Commonwealth Games team-member Karin Prinsloo won in 1:59.32, not too far outside the qualifying time of 1:58.93.