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Brown’s golden form continues in Durban
- Updated: April 17, 2015
The Myles Brown show continued at the 2015 South African National Championships in Durban on Thursday.
Already having booked his spot on the SA team for World Championships in Kazan, Russia later this year, Thursday saw him break the 800 metre freestyle record on Thursday.
The 22-year-old broke fellow 2012 Olympian Troyden Prinsloo’s record from 2009 by a second as he posted a time of 7min 53.97sec.
It’s his second record of the championships after he broke Ryk Neethling’s national mark in the 400m freestyle that stood since 1999, on the opening day of the champs.
In the process Brown also qualified in his third individual event for the World Championships after he met the standard in the 200m and 400m freestyle.
‘I wasn’t sure that I was still within the time of the record – it was a bit unexpected for me,’ Brown said.
‘For all the previous races getting the qualifying time on Monday really took the pressure off.
‘I am definitely going to go out for the 100 free but I will focus more on the 200m free as I am stronger in that event.’
Olympic gold medallists Chad le Clos qualified for his second individual event in his specialist 200m butterfly in a time of 1:56.13. He was followed by Sebastien Rousseau, who had qualified for this event the day before.
Rousseau posted a time of 1:57.20 with Michael Meyer bagging the bronze in 1: 59.52.
Although this launched Le Clos into the top-10 on the world rankings he was not happy with his performances at nationals. ‘To be honest this has been my worst SA Nationals, I really didn’t do as good as I wanted to,’ Le Clos said.
‘I am pleased I won, I struggled the last 50m of the race. After nationals I will train hard to get back into my form.
‘For Kazan my focus will be 100 and 200m fly.’
Meanwhile, women’s swimming ace Karin Prinsloo claimed the 200m freestyle in a time of 2:00.30 with Marlies Ross following behind her in 2:02.92, while Kirsty McLauchlan finished third with 2:04.68.
Tara Nicholas won the women’s 50m breastroke posting a time of 32.04 seconds. Tatjana Schoenmaker bagged the silver medal in 32.45 as Franko Jonker took third in 32.55.
Brown, Le Clos, Rousseau and Cameron van der Burgh are the only qualifiers for world championships this far.
The Championships wrap up on Saturday.