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Gold and silver medals for SA swimmers in Monaco

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By Mark Etheridge

South African swimmers stamped their mark on the first meeting of the Mare Nostrum series in Monte Carlo at the weekend.
Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos won both the 100 and 200m butterfly events, the first mentioned swim being particularly impressive with a 51.58sec meeting record. That came after he’d won the 200m in a season’s best 1:54.80 the previous day.
But Le Clos’ fellow London Olympic gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh won’t have been a happy camper after having to scratch from the 100m breaststroke on Sunday morning. That was after he only made ninth spot in the 200m breaststroke heats on Saturday (2:18:06).
There were also some encouraging swims from the new kid on the SA team for Rio, Jarred Crous.
The 2014 Youth Olympian grabbing breaststroke gold and two silvers. In the 100m he got silver in 1:00.99 behind Russia’s Vsevolod Zanko (1:00.74). Then in the 50m he turned the cards on Zanko to win in 27.61 to Zanko’s 27.76. In the long-haul 200m, Crous clocked 2:11.67 as Marco Koch won in an impressive 2:09.45.
Myles Brown, also qualified for the Rio Olympics this year, won the 400m freestyle in 3:49.96 to beat Malaysia’s Welson Sim (3:50,66) and Egyptian Olympic hopeful Marwin El Kamash (3:52,42). The latter took part in the South African championships in Durban in April.
Those were the only podium finishes for South African swimmers.
In women’s action teenager Mariella Venter took fifth in the 100m backstroke (1:01.78) and sixth spot (2:16.61) in the 200m back.
Brown and Calvyn Justus got fourth (1:49.67 and 1:51.19 respectively).
In the 100m freestyle there was a fifth, sixth and seventh spot for Brown (49.59), Doug Erasmus (50.63) and Justus (50.76).
And Michael Meyer took second place in the B final 200 IM (2:05.03) after going 2:05.87 in the preliminary rounds.


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