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Prinsloo in fine form with eight SA Championships medals
- Updated: July 22, 2015
London Olympian and Commonwealth swimmer Karin Prinsloo won five gold and three silver medals at the South African Short Course Swimming Championships in Pietermaritzburg at the weekend.
If truth be told she could have probably added another two medals to her collection but with age comes wisdom and she wisely decided to withdraw from the 200-metre freestyle and 200m backstroke events.
Previously bugged by some health issues, the Pretoria swimmer recently opted for a tonsillectomy in an effort to boost her health.
‘In the build-up to the Championships I did a lot of hard training and for the first time I also tapered down for a national championship. The times I swam are not really exciting, but I’m satisfied. Because my underwater turn is slightly slower than that of the other swimmers, I’m not that keen on competing in short course galas and it’s something I need to work on.
‘During the last two days of the Championships I was beginning to feel tired and decided to withdraw from the 200m events. It was as if my body was telling me that enough was enough. In the past, especially if I had tapered for an event, I was able to handle all the events. However, now that I’m getting older, I guess I will have to become more selective about which events I want to compete in,’ the 24-year-old Tuks/HPC swimmer said.
‘Last year in the Mare Nostrum series I made the mistake of competing in too many events and ended up paying dearly for it. Afterwards I was so tired that I had to battle to train properly for a while. It made me realise how much of an impact competitive swimming has on my body.”
In Pietermaritzburg, Prinsloo won the 100m backstroke in 1min 01.12sec and the 400m freestyle in 4:11.48. She finished second in the 100m freestyle in 54.70s. The rest of her medals were won in relays.
She’s now hoping to be selected to represent South Africa at the African Games in Brazzaville, Congo (4-19 September).
Picture courtesy of Reg Caldecott