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Gallagher strikes gold during the first day of the SA Grand Prix #3 in Durban

by ZwemZa on February 22nd, 2020

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 08: during day 1 of the SA National Aquatic Championships at Kings Park Swimming Pool on April 08, 2019 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

A phenomenal start for South Africa’s top athletes as the third leg of the South African Swimming Grand Prix got underway at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durbanon Saturday.

Durbanite Erin Gallagher delivered three breathtaking performances, winning the 50m freestyle in 25.20, the 100m butterfly in 59.02 and the 50m backstroke in 29.57.

Aimee Canny and Kristen de Goede bagged the silver and bronze in the freestyle race in 25.73 and 26.77, with Dune Coetzee and Emma Christianson finishing second and third in the butterfly in 1:02.43 and 1:03.58, while the rest of the backstroke medal podium comprised of Kerryn Herbst and Felicity Passon in 29.88 and 29.99, respectively.

Canny went on to win the gold in the 200m freestyle in 2:00.49 ahead of Rebecca Meder in 2:02.00 and Coetzee in 2:03.07, while Passon had to settle for the silver in the 200m backstroke, behind Samantha Randle in 2:16.07 and Hannah Pearse in 2:18.94.

Meder was not done for the day, as she wrapped up the opening day finals with a gold medal in the 200m individual medley, clocking 2:12.84, over 7secs ahead of Emily Visagie in 2:19.89 and Dakota Tucker in 2:20.67.

Tatjana Schoenmaker raced to the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke in 1:07.66 followed by Kaylene Corbett in 1:09.09 and Christin Mundell in 1:09.56, while Mundell scooped the silver medal in the long distance 800m freestyle in 9:07.52 behind Catherine van Rensburg in 9:03.55 and ahead of Kelly-Ann Brown in 9:13.16.

Matthew Randle was victorious in the 200m breaststroke, touching the wall in 2:19.29, to Michael Deans’ 2:19.31 and Ruan Breytenbach’s 2:21.01 and later in the day grabbed a bronze in the 50m breaststroke in 29.97 behind Adrian Robinson’s 29.44 and Deans’ 29.50.

Breytenbach made his way to the medal podium on two more occasions, securing a silver in the 400m individual medley behind Matthew Sates in 4:28.45 and ahead of Ruan Ras in 4:31.03 and a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle in 4:04.39 behind Brent Szurdoki in 3:53.80 and Michael McGlynn in 3:58.37.

Douglas Erasmus won the 50m butterfly title in a quick 24.37 followed by Clayton Jimmie in 24.45 and Daniel Ronaldson in 24.89, while the gold in the 200m butterfly was claimed by Ethan du Preez in 1:56.50 ahead of Ross Hartigan in 2:00.77 and Benjamin Plattner in 2:07.04.

Erasmus also won a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle in 51.20 to Matthew Bosch’s winning time of 51.01 and Luca Holtzhausen’s 51.03, while in the 100m backstroke, it was Pieter Coetze’s time of 56.37 that won him the honours ahead of Martin Binedell in 56.95 and Andrew Ross in 58.68.

The SA Grand Prix concludes Sunday with the finals session beginning at 10h00.

Supplied by Swimming South Africa

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