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South Africa are champions of Africa with 69 medals in Egypt
- Updated: October 21, 2015
South Africa are the pick of the continent after claiming top spot at the African Junior Swimming Championships in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday evening.
The team topped the combined team scores table with a total of 69 medals (24 gold, 29 silver and 16 bronze).
On the final day of the competition, Kristen Straszacke (15) won gold with a new Championship Record time of 5min 09.32sec in the 400m individual medley.
Rebecca Meder (13) was victorious in the 200m freestyle with another Championship Record in 2:07.08, as teammate Dune Coetzee (13) grabbed the silver in 2:09.93.
Gold and a new Championship Record came the way of 13-year-old Hanim Abrahams in the 50m breaststroke as she touched the wall in a fast 33.30, with the bronze medal going to SA’s Jade Simons (14) in 34.82.
Marna Heymans (16) and Gabi Grobler (16) were another gold and silver duo in the 50m breaststroke, finishing the race in 33.89 and 34.63 respectively.
On the boys’ side, Gawie Nortje (14) claimed the top spot in the 100m freestyle with a time of 55.46, while the silver medal was shared between SA’s Ma’az Khota (14) and Botswana’s James Freeman, as both finished in a time of 55.92.
In the 100m breaststroke, Michael Houlie (15) won gold in a new Championship Record time of 1:04.99.
Jack Oliver (15) made his way to the top of the medal podium in the 100m backstroke, clocking a quick 59.29 while Roberto Gomes (15), Matthew Holder (14) and Leam Strydom (16) all bagged the silver medals in their respective races.
Gomes finished the 400m freestyle in 4:03.53, Holder ended with a time of 31.26 in the 50m breaststroke and Strydom clocked 2:22.31 in the 200m backstroke.
To end off the competition on a high note, Carissa Van Rooyen, Abrahams, Coetzee and Meder won the 4x100m medley relay in a new Championship Record time of 4:24.61, while Straszacker, Heymans, Strydom and Gabi Grobler won their respective relay race with a new Championship Record time of 4:25.34.
In the boys’ relay event, Oliver, Gomes, Houlie and Rafael Zasas claimed gold in 3:57.95, while Luan Grobbelaar, Juvahn Singh, Holder and Nortje finished with the bronze in 4:09.63.
Picture of SA swimmers Khwezi Duma and Carissa van Rooyen on the podium.