South African Swimmers Do It Big In The Common Wealth Games

picture : SWIM SWAM

South African swimmers participating in the Common Wealth games had a delightful day yesterday winning big and representing South Africa well.

Chad le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh and Tatjana Schoenmaker produced special performances in the pool.

Van der Burgh astonished world record holder Adam Peaty in the 50m breaststroke for his third straight Commonwealth Games title over that distance.

Schoenmaker won her second gold of the Games and did it in style, breaking Penny Heyns’s 100m breaststroke record that had stood since 1999, while Chad le Clos completed a clean sweep of the butterfly titles, winning his third gold and becoming the most prolific swimming medallist in Games history.

Earlier, para-swimmer Sadie had become the fourth different South African swimmer to win a medal when he claimed the silver in the S7 50m freestyle.

Australia’s Matt Levy won the men’s S7 50m freestyle, while New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe won her second gold of the Games when she won the women’s SB9 100m breaststroke.

Australia has already guaranteed themselves of concluding maximum of the medal table in the pool with one day of competition remaining. They have a total of 60 medals, 20 of which are gold.

England are second with eight golds in their 20 medals.