16 November 2018

South Africa: Team SA Swimmers Dominate Zone 3

Team SA's swimming team continued to dominate the pool, claiming 20 more medals - eight gold, eight silver and four bronze - on the second day of the CANA Zone 3 Swimming Championships in Khartoum, Sudan on Thursday. 15-year-old Kaydn Naidoo and Tully Njoroge proved to be an unstoppable force in the 50 and 100m backstroke as well as the 200m breaststroke, bagging the gold and silver medal in all three races in a time of 30.21 and 30.89, 1:06.94 and 1:09.37, 2:41.39 and 2:47.36, respectively.

Naidoo also added the 100m freestyle gold medal to Team SA's tally, when he clocked in at 58.74 seconds.

Gauteng's Kuhlekonke Mkhize walked away with one gold and three silver medals, finishing first in the 100m backstroke in one minute and 11.11 secs and second in the 50m backstroke in a time of 33.46, the 100m freestyle in 1:01.14 and sealed the 200m breaststroke in 2:55.27.

In the female category, Erica Sibande was once again in top form, claiming three more gold medals. Sibande finished the 100m backstroke in 1:16.28, the 50m backstroke in 35.71 and the 100m freestyle in 1:11.23.

Meanwhile Leah Christie and Lerato Thobeha were the silver and bronze duo in the 200m breaststroke and 100m freestyle, touching the wall in 3:02.53 and 3:23.79 and 1:09.86 and 1:10.47, respectively.

Christie grabbed two more bronze medals in the 100m backstroke, which she completed in one minute and 21.01 secs and the 50m backstroke in 35.95.

The Championships will conclude on Friday with South Africa still in the lead of the medal table with a total of 28 medals, Sudan now in second place with 26 medals, then Uganda with 20, Kenya with 17, Tanzania with 14 and lastly South Sudan with three and Djibouti still with one medal.

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