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South African swimming contingent produces a number of stellar performances in Birmingham on Monday evening

by ZwemZa on August 1st, 2022

Lara van Niekerk © Gallo Images

The South African swimming contingent produced a number of stellar performances at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Monday evening, garnering a number of podium places and setting up what looks like to be an exciting evenings racing of Tuesday/

Lara van Niekerk, Tatjana Schoenmaker and Kaylene Corbett have qualified for the women’s 100m breaststroke final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Monday.

Schoenmaker won her semi-final as she stopped the clock in 1:06.43, while Corbett finished fourth in 1:07.96 to advance through to the final.

Meanwhile, teen star Niekerk won her semi-final in 1:05.96 to finish as the fastest qualifier heading into Tuesday’s massive showdown final.

Pieter Coetze claimed his second Commonwealth Games medal in Birmingham as he took silver in the men’s 50m backstroke final on Monday.

Swimming in lane 4, Coetze touched the wall in 24.77 – 0.22 seconds behind Australia’s Andrew Jeffcoat, who won gold in 24.55.

The 18-year-old won his second medal of the tournament after his gold medal in the 100m breaststroke this past weekend.

Shortly afterwards, South Africa’s Erin Gallagher captured silver in the women’s 50m butterfly final.

Gallagher swam a personal best as she touched the wall in 26.05, with Australia’s Emma McKeon taking gold in 25.90.

Christian Sadie finished third in the men’s 50m freestyle S7 final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Sadie, who was the country’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony, dominated the first 25m, faded towards the end, but pushed through to seal bronze for South Africa in 29.78.

Australia’s Matthew Levy clinched gold in 28.95 and Singapore’s Wei Soong Toh took silver in 29.10.

Rebecca Meder finished fourth in the women’s 200m individual medley final in Birmingham.

Meder touched the wall in 2:12.01 as Canadian Summer McIntosh took gold (2:08.70), Australia’s Kaylee McKeown with silver (2:09.52) and England’s Abbie Wood (2:10.68).

Chad le Clos has stormed to win his 100m butterfly semi-final and has a shout to make history in his final individual race of the Commonwealth Games.

Swimming in lane two, Le Clos dominated from turn to finish and slowed down towards the end to touch the wall in first place in 51.64.

Le Clos finished as second fastest ahead of Tuesday’s final.

Le Clos, who won silver in the 200m butterfly, is tied as the most decorated athlete in Commonwealth Games history and needs one more medal to be the most decorated Commonwealth medal-winner of all time.

Aimee Canny finished third in the women’s 100m freestyle semi-final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Canny touched the wall in 54.78 and finished as the sixth fastest overall ahead of Tuesday’s final.

Fellow South African Emma Chelius finished sixth in the other semi-final with a time of 55.80 and did not progress to the final.

Michael Houlie finished second in the 50m breaststroke semi-final, touching the wall in 27.39 – behind Australia’s Sam Williamson (27.01).

Houlie finished as third fastest ahead of Tuesday’s final, which includes English star Adam Peaty.

Meanwhile, compatriot Brenden Crawford finished fifth in the same semi-final in 24.75 and did not qualify for the final.

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