The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Swimmers Excel in Turkey

NAMIBIAN swimmers set five national Open and two Age Group records at the FINA Short Course World Championships which took place in Istanbul, Turkey last week.

16-year-old Christine Briedenhann led the way with two Namibian Open and two 15-16 year Age Group records.

In the women's 100m freestyle, Christine Briedenhann came 48th out of 100 swimmers in a new Namibian age group as well as Open record time of 57,95 seconds. She finished 4,69 seconds behind the winner.

In the women's 100m Individual Medley, Briedenhann once again set an Open and an Age Group record with a time 1:06,71, which just broke her previous record of 1:06,97. She came 42nd out of 64 swimmers, finishing 7,51 seconds behind the winner.

Daniela Lindemeier set two Namibian Open short course records. In the women's 100m breaststroke, Lindemeier set a new Namibian Open record of 1:13,23, finishing 41st out of 59 swimmers, 7,51 seconds behind the winner.

In the women's 200m breaststroke, Lindemeier also set a new Namibian Open record of 2:35,12, taking more than three seconds off her previous record of 2:38,36. She came 32nd out of 44 swimmers and finished 17,27 seconds behind the winner.

In the men's 50m freestyle, JP Engelbrecht broke his own Namibian Open record of 23,65 seconds with a new record time of 23,31 seconds.

He came 61st overall out of 155 swimmers and finished 2,33 seconds behind the winner.

Engelbrecht also competed in the Men's 100m Freestyle, where he came 77th out of 147 swimmers, finishing 4,36 behind the winner in 51,70 seconds.

Namibia's fourth swimmer at the World Championships, Quinton Delie competed in four events but could not break any national records.

In the men's 100m Freestyle, Delie came 89th out of 147 swimmers, finishing 5,74 seconds behind the winner in 53,08 seconds.

In the men's 200m freestyle, Delie came 60th out of 88 swimmers, finishing 13,05 seconds behind the winner in a time of 1:55,46.

In the men's 400m freestyle, he came 53rd out of 62 swimmers, in a time of 4:12,61 which was 31,72 seconds behind the winner.

In the men's 200m Individual Medley, Delie came 46th out of 54 swimmers, in a time of 2:10,05.

Christine Briedenhann also competed in the Women's 200m Individual Medley, where she came 35th out of 41 swimmers, finishing 18,46 seconds behind the winner in a time of 2:25,53.

That was just outside her 15-16 year Age Group record of 2:25,23, but well behind her sister Jonay's Namibian Open record of 2:20,97.

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