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Matthew Sates shows versatility in Tunisia as TeamSA garner another 18 medals

by ZwemZa on September 13th, 2019

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The South African swimming team is flying the Mzansi flag high after adding 18 more medals (10 gold, 7 silver and 1 bronze) to their tally during the third day of the 13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships in Tunis tonight.

The 15-16 200m breaststroke saw Matthew Sates scoop the gold medal with a new Championship Record time of 2:16.41 ahead of teammate Matthew Randle in 2:20.37 and Tunisia’s Fedi Mahdaoui in 2:29.31.

“I’m really happy with my time and just happy to bring another gold medal for South Africa. It is a privilege to be here and to get chosen for the team and it is even better to do well for them.” said Sates following the race.

Sates also won the gold medal in the 50m freestyle, which he shared with Pieter Coetze when they both touched the wall in 23.81; while Coetze went on to win his second gold medal in the 50m backstroke with a new Championship Record time of 26.40.

Another Championship Record was posted in the 13-14 200m breaststroke by SA’s Kian Keylock in 2:22.98, while in the 13-14 50m backstroke; Kieran Grant bagged the silver medal in 29.00.

Keylock, Grant, Jonathan Adams and Elijah Dredge picked up the silver medal in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay in 3:45.24, while Sates, Coetze, Luca Holtzhausen and Ryan Zasas walked away with the gold in the 15-16 freestyle relay in 3:30.91.

In the 15-16 200m breaststroke, the gold and silver were claimed by SA’s Dakota Tucker and Lara van Niekerk in 2:34.22 and 2:34.98, respectively, while Lisa Kleyn took the honours in the 13-14 age group breaststroke race with a time of 2:43.38.

Kleyn was also a part of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay team alongside Lise Coetzee, Samantha Lowman and Rachel Groepes which won the silver in 4:10.51.

Hannah Pearse topped the medal podium in the 800m freestyle with a personal best time of 9:13.55 ahead of Algeria’s Mariem Khalid in 9:20.56 and Tunisia’s Ryhem Ben Slema in 9:23.01.

Pearse also won a silver medal in the 15-16 50m backstroke in 30.96, while Alexandra Eagles celebrated her first medal of the competition, a bronze in the 13-14 backstroke race, clocking 32.42.

Veronique Rossouw added the 15-16 age group 50m freestyle gold medal to her tally in 27.03 and also participated in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay silver medal win with Trinity Hearne, Pearse and Van Niekerk in 3:59.73.

13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships Medal Table (Following Day 03):

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
South Africa 36 16 5 57
Egypt 12 24 19 55
Namibia 2 2 2 6
Uganda 2 0 0 2
Zimbabwe 2 0 0 2
Tunisia 1 4 11 16
Algeria 0 5 15 20
Mozambique 0 1 0 1
Sudan 0 2 0 2
Nigeria 0 0 1 1

Supplied by Swimming South Africa

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