Tuks' Karin breaks African record

Posted on September 14, 2010

In the 100m breaststroke, William Diering (TuksSwimming) , who posted the fastest time in the morning heats, finished second (1:03.13) in a hard fought race with Algeria’s Nabil Kebbab. Nabil is coached by former South African coach Karoly Torros who is currently the head coach of Algeria.

Golden girl Kathryn Meaklim finished the 400m individual medley with a new Championships Record time of 4:45.76, improving on her previous morning heart record of 4:53.72. Bianca Meyer claimed bronze in 4:52.69.

It was gold and silver for South Africa in the women’s 50m backstroke. Chanelle van Wyk set a new Championship Record clocking 29.31 while Jessica Ashley-Cooper claimed silver in 29.90.

In the men’s 50m backstroke, youngster Darren Murray (TuksSwimming) swam his way to the top of the podium in a time of 26.56, with Garth Tune coming in a close second in 27.03.

The women’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay promised to be an exciting final, following Tunisia and Algeria’s quick times earlier in the day. The race lived up to the expectations as the crowd rose to their feet in a nail-biting final sprint which saw Team South Africa break the 2006 Championship Record in 8:27.61, with Tunisia and Algeria completing the remaining medal placings.

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