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Sweet 16 medals for SA at African Juniors
- Updated: October 18, 2015
The South African swimming team opened the African Junior Swimming Championships in Cairo on Saturday with a total of 16 medals (five gold, five silver and six bronze).
Michael Houlie (15) set a new Championship Record of 29.46 seconds in the 50-metre breaststroke, with the silver going to Algeria’s El Hadj Abd Errezak in 30.16 and the bronze to Egypt’s Zeiad Ragab Saad in 30.36.
In the 100m butterfly, 13-year-old Dune Coetzee won her race in 1:04.29, while Khwezi Duma (14) grabbed the bronze in 1:06.09. The silver medal went to Egypt’s Yassmina Moahmed in 1:05.54.
Coetzee also claimed silver in the 100m freestyle later in the evening with a time of 1:00.76, while her teammate Rebecca Meder won gold in 59.63. The bronze went to Egypt’s Maiar Mohamed in 1:01.20.
Duma was also not done for the night as she went one better and claimed the silver medal in the 100m backstroke, clocking 1:07.72, while 13-year-old Carissa van Rooyen scooped the gold in 1:06.93.
Maria Heymans (16) and Gabriella Grobler (16) were the gold and silver duo in the 200m breaststroke, finishing in 2:38.50 and 2:39.07 respectively, while the bronze was won by Egypt’s Nada Samir in 2:39.80.
SA’s Luan Grobbelaar (13) made his way to the medal podium on three occasions, winning silver in the 200m freestyle in 2:00.74, bronze in the 50m butterfly in 27.47 and another bronze in the 100m backstroke in 1:01.91.
Gawie Nortje (14) won the bronze in the 200m freestyle in 2:00.98.
It was silver for Jack Oliver (15) in the 200m backstroke with a time of 2:14.76 ahead of Egypt’s Hussien Mostafa in 2:15.28 and behind Tunisia’s Fares Jlassi in 2:11.24.
Roberto Gomes (15) claimed the bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle in 16:07.77, with the gold going to Egypt’s Mohamed Hegazy in 16:01.75 and the silver to Algeria’s Mohamed Djaballah in 16:04.49.
In the 100m backstroke, Kristen Straszacker (15) won bronze in a time of 1:06.14, while Zimbabwe’s Robyn Lee won the gold in a new Championship Record of 1:05.07 and the silver went to Tunisia’s Rim Ouennich in 1:05.91.