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Impressive Kayla van der Merwe has eyes on a world and European double

by ZwemZa on August 22nd, 2019

Kayla van der Merwe (Swim England)

Kayla van der Merwe continued her impressive form as she secured another chance of winning a FINA World Junior Swimming Championships medal.

Only 24 hours after claiming a silver in the 50m Breaststroke, the 16-year-old Winchester City Penguins swimmer was fastest qualifier for the 100m Breaststroke final in Budapest.

After qualifying for the semi-finals quickest in a time of 1:07.50, van der Merwe then topped the semi-final rankings after clocking 1:07.17.

That was 0.01 seconds quicker than Russia’s Evgeniia Chikunova (1:07.18) and sets up the prospect for a thrilling final on Friday 23 August.

It also gives van der Merwe the opportunity to claim a golden double after she topped the podium in the European Junior Championships 100m Breaststroke in Kazan, Russia, in July.

Great Britain’s Charlotte Rigg failed to reach the semi-finals after finishing 22nd overall in the heats.

The City of Birmingham swimmer touched home in 1:11.05 to take eighth place in her race.

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