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More gold for Le Clos at SA Grand Prix in Stellenbosch
- Updated: February 28, 2016
Fast times, super South African talent and international flair kicked off the Stellenbosch leg of the SA Swimming Grand Prix on Saturday.
Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos did not disappoint, winning gold in the 200-metre butterfly in 1min 56.60sec and the 100m freestyle in 48.92, proving that his 2016 Rio Olympic preparations are well on track.
Calvyn Justus and Clayton Jimmie finished second and third in the freestyle event in 50.37 and 50.43, while Brendan Levy and Alard Basson won the silver and bronze in the butterfly in 2:03.45 and 2:05.04 respectively.
Jimmie also made his way to the top of the medal podium in the 50m butterfly, touching the wall in 24.73, ahead of Nico Meyer in 24.75 and Reynard Wessels in 24.84.
Cameron van der Burgh showed off his winning form in the 50m breaststroke, claiming the gold in a fast 27.72, with Jarred Crous taking home the silver in 27.82 and Michael Houlie the bronze in 28.84.
A Youth Olympics swimmer in 2014, Crous won his second silver of the day in the 200m breaststroke, when he ended with with a time of 2:16.55 to Ayrton Sweeney’s 2:14.81 and Slovenia’s Thomas Klobbucnik’s 2:20.60.
On the women’s side, the British invasion began with Holly Hibbot and Lucy McKenzie in the 800m freestyle, when they finished first and second in 8:51.50 and 8:53.29 respectively, while SA’s Michelle Weber scooped the bronze in 8:59.18.
McKenzie went on to win the gold in the 200m individual medley in 2:19.40, ahead of teammate Katie Matts in 2:21.19 and Rebecca Meder in 2:22.79 and followed that with a bronze in the 200m freestyle in 2:04.73, behind Mzansi’s Karin Prinsloo in 2:01.46 and Hibbot in 2:03.67.
Matts also won the silver in the 100m breaststroke in 1:09.49 to 2014 African Youth Games flag bearer Tatjana Schoenmaker’s 1:09.39 and Kaylene Corbett’s 1:09.90.
The UK’s Lauren Quigley was next in the water with two gold medals in the 50m freestyle in 25.70 and the 200m backstroke in 2:13.89.
Jessica Ashley-Cooper and Erin Gallagher claimed silver and bronze in the freestyle in 26.13 and 26.73, while Nathania van Niekerk and Denmark’s Hannah Nissen finished second and third in the backstroke in 2:15.17 and 2:22.16 respectively.
Gallagher and Van Niekerk also made the perfect gold and silver duo in the 50m backstroke in 29.95 and 29.98 respectively, with the bronze medal going to Hannah Kiely in 31.30, while Ashley-Cooper bagged the silver medal in the 100m butterfly in 1:01.71.
The winner in the butterfly race was Vanessa Mohr in 1:00.21 and the bronze was won by Rene Warnes in 1:03.93.
In other results, Michael Meyer was victorious in the 400m individual medley in 4:30.83, ahead of Luan Grobbelaar in 4:39.08 and Danish swimmer Jacob Jorgensen in 4:41.48, while Matthew Meyer won the 400m freestyle in 3:54.98 to Egypt’s Marwan Elcamarh’s 3:55.21 and Denmark’s Sebastian Oversen’s 4:02.02.
In the 100m backstroke, Neil de Villiers scooped the title in 57.37, while Jacques van Wyk won silver in 57.66 and Martin Binedell bronze in 57.96.
The Stellenbosch leg of the SA Swimming Grand Prix concludes on Sunday with finals starting at 10am.