Silver and Bronze for William Diering Down Under

Posted on October 27, 2008


Diering swam to a new SA record in the 200m Breaststroke for his Silver last week in the Durban leg of the World Cup (2:06;07). No South African record this time though in the 200m Breaststroke, his favourite event, but an improvement over last years 3rd place in Sydney nevertheless.

In 2007 William Diering had to be satisfied with the Bronze Medal in the 200m Breaststroke in the Sydney Leg of the World Cup. On Saturday 25 October 2008 Diering conquered the 200m Breaststroke in Sydney in 2:09;70 behind the 2:06;43 of Australia’s Christian Sprenger for Silver, a move up in the Medal colour.

Sprenger was always in control of the race, going through 50m in 28:59sec, 100m in 1:00;87 and 150m in 1:33;66. In contrast William covered the 50m in 29:52, 100m in 1:02;34 and the 150m in 1:36;06. And although Sprenger was dominant, Diering's second was never in doubt as he had a 1 second lead over Australia’s Craig Calder by halfway, and although Calder started to claw back in the last 50m, Diering had too much left and made sure of the silver by over half a second as Calder finished in 2:10;11.

It is clear that William is not in the same shape as he was in Durban a week ago as he was 1 second off his record pace on Durban at halfway and 3 seconds at the 150m mark. This could be due to the long season, fatigue or jet lag.

On the same day William swam to a Bronze Medal in the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 27.72sec. Australia’s Christian Sprenger winning that one as well in 26.93sec, with the silver going to Brenton Rickard in 27.19sec.




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