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Record for Rousseau

Sebastien Rousseau smashed his own African 200m butterfly record, as four SA swimmers posted World Championship qualifying times during the evening session on the opening day of the Telkom SA National Aquatics Championships at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre.

Rousseau, a matric pupil at Abbotts College in Cape Town, clocked 1 min 55.51sec, to eclipse his previous continental best of 1:58.03 in the semi-finals of the event.

ÔÇ£The aim was to clock around 1:56 in the semi-final and hold some energy┬áback for the final, and I still can’t believe the time I clocked,ÔÇØ said┬áRousseau, who stopped schooling in his matric year at SACS last year in┬áorder to focus on his performance at the Beijing Olympics.

Roland Schoeman punched the air with delight after clocking 21.81 in the 50m freestyle semi-final ÔÇô well within the World Championship qualifying┬áA level mark of 22.33 and quicker than his morning heats time of 21.83.

Arizona-based Jean Basson, fresh from clocking 4:08.92 in the 500 yards┬áfreestyle at the college championships in Texas, USA, which is the 4th┬áfastest time ever over the distance, took the SA title in the 400m┬áfreestyle in 3:48.58 ÔÇô another World Championship A level qualifying time.

Cameron van der Burgh clocked 1:00.28 in the semi-finals of the 100m breaststroke to join the shortlist of swimmers for possible selection to represent SA at the world showpiece in Rome in July.

Earlier, Bedfordview-based Paralympic 100 metres backstroke gold medalist
Shireen Sapiro set a world record of 2 min 33.18 in the 200m backstroke in the S10 (limited mobility classification), to get the national championships off to a thrilling start.

One Comment

  1. Glen Bentley

    April 17, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Well Done Sebastien!!! You defenitely deserve this wounderful achievement. Your hard work and dedication is paying off. I forsee that you will do much better in future. Readers, this young man is suppose to be at training at 16:00, but normally gets to training between 15:15 and 15:30 to warm up and stretch. You go boy!

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