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SA trio into semis

Team South Africa had three more swimmers going through to the semi-finals on day four of the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China on Wednesday morning.

On a day that will see reigning world champion Cameron van der Burgh defend his title in the 50-metre breaststroke final, sprinters Graeme Moore and Gideon Louw both went through to the semi-finals of the men’s 100m freestyle with excellent performances and Darian Townsend progressed in the men’s 200m Individual Medley.

Moore and Louw two finished as ninth and 10th fastest qualifiers respectively. Louw took the race out in front to turn in 23.35sec and then swam away from his opposition to win Heat 11 and clock a personal best 48.74sec at the same time.

Moore was in action in the 14th and final heat where he also turned in front at the 50m mark in a quick 22.85sec. Only Filippo Magnini (Italy) in the lane next to him managed to haul him in and record a fast 48.36sec. Moore ended second in 48.65sec. A scant 0.79sec separates the top 16 semi-finalists.

Quickest into the semis was France’s William Maynard who clocked 48.14sec on the way to winning Heat 12. Next best ws Australian James Magnussen in 48.21. Brazil’s Cesar Filho Cielo who won the men’s 50m butterfly final earlier this week after only recently being cleared of doping allegations, was fourth fastest in 48.41.

Townsend finished third in Heat Five, being timed at 1:59.97, which saw him go into the semis as the 14th fastest qualifier.

Townsend was in the same heat as Michael Phelps (USA) who came from behind in the breaststroke and freestyle to win the heat in 1:59.48 with Britain’s James Goddard second in 1:59.68. Fastest qualifier in the IM was Brazil’s Thiago Pereira in 1:57.82. World recordholder Ryan Lochte, who had beaten Phelps in the 200m freestyle final on Tuesday, was fourth fastest in the heats with 1:59.04.

Also competing on Wednesday morning was our Karin Prinsloo. She failed to progress past the 50m backstroke heats into the semi-finals but didn’t disgrace herself in the slightest ending as 22nd fastest out of 57 competitors. She was third in Heat Five, clocking 29.03sec. That was 0.83sec behind the quickest qualifier Anastasia Zueva of Russia who touched in 28.20.

Meanwhile our men’s water polo side ended their campaign without a victory as they went down 4-9 to China in their final match. That saw them end in an overall 16th place for the championships.

Goalscorers for South Africa were Ryan Bell (2) Jason Kyte and Donn Stewart while the Chinese netted with goals from Feihu Tan (1), Zhongxing Liang (1), Lijun Yu (2), Ning Pan (1), Bin Ll (2), Junmin Xie (1) and Li Li (1).

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