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Gold, silver for SA as sensational Van Niekerk powers to victory over Schoenmaker

by ZwemZa on August 2nd, 2022

Lara van Niekerk reacts (News24)

Teen sensation Lara van Niekerk claimed her second Commonwealth Games gold for South Africa as she produced a stunning and powering win in the women’s 100m breaststroke final on Tuesday evening.

Swimming in lane 4, Van Niekerk powered to the lead and kept her consistency despite a slight charge by fellow South African and 200m gold medallist Tatjana Schoenmaker.

However, the 19-year-old stopped the clock in 1:05.47 to comfortably seal South Africa’s sixth gold in the Commonwealth Games.

Schoenmaker, who was in lane 5, turned second and tried to catch up with Van Niekerk but had settle for SA as she touched the wall in 1:06.68.

Rounding up the podium was Australian Chelsea Hodges in bronze (1:07.05).

Meanwhile, bronze 200m medallist Kaylene Corbett finished seventh in 1:07.62 in the final.

Pieter Coetze clawed his way back and surged to snatch bronze in the men’s 200m backstroke final in Birmingham on Tuesday.

Coetze was sixth in the last 50m turn and swam the fastest lap as he claimed third in 1:56.77.

England’s Brodie Williams won gold in 1:56.40 and Australian Bradley Woodward took silver in 1:56.41.

This is Pieter’s third Commonwealth Games medal in Birmingham after his gold in the 100m and silver in the 50m backstroke.

Chad le Clos finished fourth in the men’s 100m butterfly final on Tuesday evening to end his Commonwealth Games.

Swimming in lane 5, Le Clos tried to push through but couldn’t fight a strong challenge as the South African touched the wall in 51.61.

Canada’s Joshua Edwards won gold in 51.24, Englishman James Guy claimed silver (51.40) and Australia’s Matthew Temple rounded up the podium (51.40).

Le Clos, who won silver in the 200m butterfly, still remains the most active decorated Commonwealth Games medallist with his 18 medals.

Michael Houlie narrowly missed out on a Commonwealth podium finish as he finished fourth in the men’s 50m breaststroke final on Tuesday evening.

Swimming in lane 3, Houlie had a quick reaction time and was in with a shout as he tried to keep up with the South African touching the wall in 27.36 – 0.04 milli-seconds behind bronze medallist Ross Murdoch of Scotland (27.32).

But it was Olympic world champion Adam Peaty, who delighted the home fans, as he stormed to gold in 26.76 with Australia’s Sam Williamson taking silver (26.97).

South Africa nearly picked up a medal in the mixed 4x100m medley relay with Pieter Coetze, Lara van Niekerk, Chad le Clos and Aimee Canny competing.

South Africa were in podium place throughout from the start but in the final 50m, slipped to fourth to touch the wall in 3:44.38.

Australia took gold in 3:41.30, Canada sealed silver 3:43.98 with England snatching bronze (3:44.03).

Team SA swimmers help push the country’s medal tally to 16 on day 5 of the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday after an eventful evening at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre.

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