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Sep 14 19

Continental records take a tumble in London at #ParaSwimming

by ZwemZa

Coach Theo Verster and Christian Sadie (TeamSA)

The records continued to tumble as Christian Sadie and Alani Ferreira both posted new African Records during the fifth day of the World Para Swimming Championships in London last night, Friday, 13th September 2019.

Sadie came very close to a medal when he finished the final of the SM7 200m individual medley in 4th place with an African Record time of 2:38.35, while the gold medal went to Colombia’s Carlos Serrano in a new Championship Record time of 2:31.11.

Alani Ferreira did not manage to qualify for the SM13 200m individual medley final but was more than happy with her new African Record, which she achieved during the morning heats, touching the wall seventh with a time of 2:49.15.

Paralypian Hendri Herbst took to the water in the final of the S11 100m freestyle where he finished in 8th place, clocking 1:03.12, while Franco Smit concluded his S12 100m freestyle heat in 5th position in 56.55.

The World Para Swimming Championships is held in the same venue as the London 2012 Paralympics and is a crucial qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The Championships conclude tomorrow, 15th September 2019.

Supplied by Swimming South Africa

Sep 14 19

Top tips for choosing plant-based proteins

by ZwemZa

It seems as though everyone has a heavy appetite for plant-based everything, and swimmers are no exception. A recent survey found that 70% of consumers view protein from plant sources as more healthful than protein from animals, but is that true?  Swimmers who want to build, maintain, and repair muscle are often confused as to the best protein source because marketing for plant-based protein doesn’t always give the complete picture.

For years whey protein has been the gold standard for muscle protein synthesis (MPS). Most of you will recognize that whey protein, along with the protein casein, is found in milk and dairy foods. Whey has a high proportion of its protein content as the essential amino acid leucine, about 14%. Whey is described as the anabolic trigger for MPS because of the muscle’s ability to use this important amino acid. While the literature for whey protein, and other animal protein on MPS is robust, there is little research with plant-based proteins, except for soy.

Let’s look at plant-based proteins being touted for muscle protein synthesis and see how they stack up against animal proteins.

Soy protein contains all the essential amino acids (EAA) and promotes MPS, especially when compared to carbohydrate. Protein can be measured and given a score based on its digestibility and quality, that is, how well it is broken down in the GI tract and the proportion of amino acids, the building blocks of protein, it contains. That score is called the protein digestibility corrected amino acid score (or PDCAAS for short) and a score of 1.0 is the highest score that is given to a protein.

Soy protein isolate has a PDCAAS of 1.0, the same as milk and egg white, indicating high protein digestibility and quality. Soy protein is considered an intermediate-acting protein, compared to fast-acting whey. A fast-acting protein delivers amino acids rapidly after eaten, but an intermediate-acting protein delivers needed amino acids at a slower rate. Leucine content of soy is slightly lower than whey indicating that a slightly higher dose of soy is needed to equal that found in whey. Matching leucine and EAA, 40 g of soy is needed to provide 2.7 g leucine found in 25 g of whey. One persistent myth about soy protein is that it has a feminizing effect on males, but extensive research finds this assumption to be false.

Pea protein is derived from yellow peas and is used in plant-based bars and sports foods. It is low in the essential amino acid methionine but rich in arginine. When matching pea protein to whey, 38 grams of pea protein is needed to get the same amount of leucine in 25 grams of whey. It has a PDCAAS score of 0.73. Only one study to date has been published on pea protein vs whey protein measuring biceps thickness in young men. The men (untrained athletes) were given 25 g of pea, whey, or placebo twice a day for 12-weeks while undergoing strength training. Researchers found an increase in biceps muscle thickness in both the pea and whey protein groups compared to placebo. The conclusion was that pea protein is an effective source of amino acids needed to stimulate muscle protein synthesis.

Hemp protein is derived from hemp seed. It is fiber-rich yet lower in the key amino acids of leucine, lysine, and methionine than soy or pea protein. To match leucine content in 25 g of whey protein, 54 g of hemp protein is needed. While the manufacturers of hemp protein state that there is no risk of positive drug test using hemp protein, athletes should proceed with caution when using hemp protein or hemp seed oil.

While many believe that animal-based proteins are superior to plant-based proteins for muscle protein synthesis, that assumption may be premature because there is little research on plant proteins and muscle protein synthesis other than soy. A greater dose of plant-based protein might be needed, but consuming protein from plant sources can help build muscle in vegan athletes. With such a wide variability in amino acid content of plant-proteins, blends of different plant proteins may be the future for muscle protein synthesis for athletes.

For those interested in reviewing the research, check out these references:

Gorissen SHM et al. Protein content and amino acid composition of commercially available plant-based protein isolates. Amino Acids. 2018;50:1865-1695.

Candow DG, et al. Effect of whey and soy protein supplementation combined with resistance training in young adults. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2006;16:233-244.

Hughes GJ  et al. Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Scores (PDCAAS) for soy protein isolates and concentrates: criteria for evaluation. J Ag Food Chem. 2011:59:12707-12712.

Messina M. Soybean isoflavone exposure does not have feminizing effects on men: a critical    examination of the clinical evidence. Fertil Steril. 2010; 93:2095-2104.

Babault N et al. Pea proteins oral supplementation promotes muscle thickness gains during resistance training: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trail vs whey protein. J Int Soc Sport Nutr. 2015;12:3-9.

Gorrisen SHM & Witard OC. Characterizing the muscle anabolic potential of dairy, meat and plant-based protein sources in older adults. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 2018;77:20-31.

Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN


Sep 14 19

Alice Tai: Briton wins sixth gold as schedule taking toll at World Para-swimming Championships

by ZwemZa

Alice Tai has won six gold medals from six events (Getty Images)

Britain’s Alice Tai continued her perfect record with her sixth gold from six races on day five of the Para-swimming World Championships.

Tai won her fifth title in the S8 50m freestyle and then followed it up as part of the 4x100m medley relay team.

She said that her packed schedule had taken its toll after winning her fifth gold.

But the 20-year-old told BBC Sport after her races: “It’s so special. I love relays so much.”

Tai, Brock Whiston, Toni Shaw and Steph Millward set a new world record as they beat the United States by more than 22 seconds.

“I love being able to share the race and the podium with three amazing people,” Tai said.

“It was pretty tough having raced already today. That’s my 11th race of the meet so far, so I’ve done a lot of swimming, but to have these guys follow through after that first leg and really smash it and contribute to a gold medal and a world record is amazing.”

Millward who, like Tai won gold for Great Britain in the event at the Rio Paralympics, swam the anchor leg to bring her team home in a time of four minutes 36.31 seconds, easily smashing the 4:45.23 standard from three years ago.

“I knew that we were going to be good, incredibly good,” she said.

“I even told people that we’re going to take this world record tonight, I said ‘cheer us on, I bet we’re going to take it’ but I didn’t think we’d take it by quite so much.

“This team is wonderful.”

‘I am just really tired’

After her individual victory, Tai admitted to feeling the effects of her packed championships, which will see her go in eight events over seven days.

“I got drug tested after my race on Thursday night and didn’t get back to the hotel until midnight,” she said.

“I am just really tired and hopefully I can get a better sleep tonight and bring it back strong tomorrow for the individual medley.

“But this gold is special. I’m a bit disappointed with the time but given the amount of swimming I have done this week, I’m ok with it.

“I have a lot to give next year and I am excited about that.”

It was also a second medal of the night for 16-year-old Shaw, who won silver in the S9 400m freestyle as Australia’s Lakeisha Patterson took gold.

Shaw always knew beating Patterson, the favourite, would be a big ask – but she got the better of Nuria Marquez Soto of Spain and Australia’s Ellie Cole, the Rio gold and silver medallists.

“To get on the podium with such a strong field is really good,” she said. “My coach said try to stick to Lakeisha as long as you can, so that what I was trying to do, but she is such an amazing swimmer.”

Elizabeth Hudson | BBC Sport

Sep 14 19

Madeira to host 2021 Para Swimming Worlds

by ZwemZa

The Penteada Olympic Swimming Complex will be the venue of the 2021 Worlds (IPC)

The World Para Swimming Championships will head to Madeira in 2021. It will be the tenth edition of the competition and the first time it takes place in Portugal.

The Penteada Olympic Swimming Complex, located in the centre of Madeira’s capital Funchal, will play host to more than 600 swimmers and is familiar territory to many of them.

Built in 2004, the venue hosted the 2016 European Open Championships and will be home to the Euros again in May next year.

The Madeira 2021 Worlds is set to take place from 25 September to 1 October.

Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), said

“We are delighted to announce Madeira as hosts of the 2021 World Para Swimming Championships. The city and the region have long planned for this event and have set an important example to future hosts by first organising a regional competition before bidding for the Worlds. This is testimony to the development of Para swimming, and Para sports in general, in Portugal.”

Antonio Jose Silva, President of the Portuguese Swimming Federation (FPN), said:

“The FPN is very proud to be part of the process of development of Para swimming in Portugal, Europe and the world. Once again, together with the Regional Government of Madeira, the Municipal Chamber of Funchal and the Madeira Swimming Association, we will organise a major event. This time, a worldwide one. It will be a unique moment in sporting terms and also in terms of representation and inclusion through Para sport in a city and a country.”

Tracy Glassford, World Para Swimming Senior Manager, said:

“The Portuguese Swimming Federation, Funchal and Madeira have been important partners of World Para Swimming for long time. Since they first bid for the European Championships almost five years ago, we have worked together to deliver major events and have witness their hard work and commitment to our sport. Madeira 2021 represents the beginning of a new cycle towards the Paris 2024 Paralympics and we are looking forward to a great Championships.”

Valetta, Malta, hosted the first Para Swimming Worlds back in 1994 with nearly 500 athletes from 44 countries.

London, Great Britain, is currently hosting the World Para Swimming Allianz Championships which ends on Sunday with 650 participants from 80 nations.


Sep 14 19

Wonder Women smash World Record

by ZwemZa

Alice Tai once again lit up the London Aquatics Centre as she claimed her fifth and sixth gold medals at the 2019 London World Para Swimming Allianz Championships, the latter in the Women’s 34pts 4x100m Medley Relay.

The final event of the night saw a Great Britain quartet of Tai, Brock Whiston, Toni Shaw and Stephanie Millward bring the house down as they obliterated the World Record to take Britain’s gold medal count to 14 for the meet so far.

Tai swam the lead-off backstroke leg and handed over to Whiston, for whom this was her first race of the Championships, in the lead. Whiston was dominant in the breaststroke leg and passed onto Toni Shaw with a healthy lead, which was only increased further by a brilliant anchor leg from Stephanie Millward to bring home the gold.

There was no going go easy down the final 50m though, as she reached for the wall to touch in 4:36.31, knocking almost nine seconds off the previous world record, with a 4.36.31 swim.

Afterwards Brock Whiston said of the experience:

“Every day I’ve been there, heats and finals, cheering my teammates on. Then to race with three amazing girls you couldn’t ask for anything more. To swim in front of this many people, I just can’t thank everyone enough.”

Shaw said of her leg:

“Being in the relay with these girls makes it much easier. Today has been amazing, so special, it means a lot. When I took over from Brock I just didn’t want to let them down.”

Millward finished and said:

“I feel so, so proud. I knew that we were going to be good, I even told people that I’d thought we’d break the world record tonight and to make sure they were here to cheer us on. I didn’t think we’d break it by that much but the team is wonderful and watch out for us in Tokyo.”

Earlier in the evening Alice Tai once again demonstrated why she’s number one in the world with another faultless performance, this time in the S8 50m Freestyle final. Tai powered down the pool to the delight of the capacity crowd to claim her fifth world crown in a new Championship Record time of 29.55. Cecilia Jeronimo de Araujo (BRA) won silver in 30.45 while Claire Supiot (FRA) took the bronze in 30.54.

Afterwards Tai struggled to put it into words:

“I don’t really know how I’m feeling right now, I’m equally as tired as I am happy, it’s like I’m dreaming. I think today, after the 400 yesterday, I was really hit with fatigue. I’ve the IM tomorrow, which is probably one of the hardest events for me and I’ll be happy to finish that race!”

When asked about inspiring the next generation, Tai added:

“There’s a little girl in the crowd who wished me good luck as I was walking to the venue and she was like, ‘it worked’, so that’s awesome. Not so long ago I was one of those kids looking up to people so to think that I can now motivate and inspire the next generation, and maybe in Paris we’ll see them come through.”

Toni Shaw had earlier predicted it would be a race for the silver and bronze medals in the S9 400m Freestyle final and the 16-year old was spot on. Lakeisha Patterson (AUS) was the runaway winner in the event, coming home to take the World Championship crown in a time of 4:38.29, but behind her, a great race between her teammate, Ellie Cole and Shaw was unfolding.

Despite being on opposite sides of the pool, Cole and Shaw were well matched for pace, with Shaw maintaining a slight advantage until 100m to go. From there Shaw went for broke, powering home to secure silver in 4:43.20 while Cole bagged bronze in 4:45.56.

Afterwards it was clear that Shaw had enjoyed the final, as she said:

“That was crazy. It was such a great race. Obviously to have the likes of Lakeisha (Patterson), Ellie Cole, Nuria (Marques Soto) in the same race it was just really exciting. I could only see Ellie on a few turns but I was trying not to look too much as I knew that would slow me down. Having someone like Lakeisha there pushes you on to go faster and it motivates you.”

Ellie Robinson and Maisie Summers-Newton just missed out on medals in the S6 50m Freestyle final, with Robinson finishing fourth in 33.94 and Summers-Newton fifth in 35.59. Robinson said of her performance:

“I know I’ve a little bit of catching up to do, but I can see some positives from this race and hopefully I can pull something together before Tokyo. The thing about the 50 is that everything has to go right. I’ll look at the race analysis and see the where the margins for improvement can come from.”

Stephen Clegg swam close to his personal best on his way to a seventh place finish in the S12 100m Freestyle final, a very solid swim, of which he said:

“I’m pretty happy with the time. I wasn’t thrilled with this morning, it was a bit too slow, so tonight I wanted to take it out harder, which I think I did, and the result was close to my personal best.”

The British team will be back in action on Saturday morning for the penultimate day of the Championships, with Ellie Robinson and Brock Whiston both aiming for individual medals.

Live results and the event schedule can be found here

British Swimming

Sep 14 19

Canadian Para-swimmers hit 10-medal mark at worlds

by ZwemZa

The Canadian team continued to break records and haul in medals on Friday at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, upping its podium count to an even 10 with two days to go in the biennial competition, including two gold, five silver and three bronze.

The championships, which also serve as the first qualifying opportunity for Tokyo 2020, run until Sunday at the London Aquatics Centre, one of the main venues of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Webcast is available on the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Swimming Canada Facebook Live platforms, with finals streamed on CBC Sports.

For the second time in three nights, 16-year-old Aly Van Wyck-Smart of Toronto and 2016 Paralympian Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., both made their way to the podium, claiming bronze in the women’s 50-m backstroke S2 and in the women’s 200-m individual medley SM7, respectively.

Van Wyck-Smart did so in Canadian and Americas record time – 1:17.76 – just as she did on Wednesday when she captured silver in the 100-m back S2.

Routliffe also broke her second national mark in three days, thanks to a 2:58.06 swim, 48 hours after a silver-medal, record performance in the 100-m breaststroke S7.

Wayne Lomas, Swimming Canada’s Associate Director of High Performance and Para Swimming National Coach, couldn’t say enough good things about the double medal winners.

“Aly continues to demonstrate experience beyond her years, able to get up and perform under the bright lights in her international debut. Along with her coach at Variety Village, Ryan Jones, she has taken full advantage of the guidance and support provided to them by Swimming Canada’s targeted S1-S5 development program, led by Swimming Canada’s Para-swimming Performance Pathway Coach Janet Dunn.

“Tess again showed incredible racing spirit and tenacity to improve her best time by over three seconds. Her performance is a great reward for her. Again tonight, we see coach Mike Thompson’s program at the High Performance Centre – Quebec in Montreal able to prepare talented and professional swimmers to perform when it matters.”

Van Wyck-Smart’s time allowed her to lower her own previous 100-m back S2 standard of 1:18.19, set on Aug. 10 at the Canadian Championships in Winnipeg.

“I would have liked to swim a little faster but I’m still extremely happy,” said the world championship rookie. “The past month has really been exciting and I can’t wait to see what comes next. It’s my first time on the national team and these championships have been a huge confidence boost.”

In the 200-m IM SM7, Routliffe, the 2016 Paralympics and 2015 world championship silver medallist in the event, shattered her own previous Canadian record of 3:01.51 from the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships by an impressive 3.45 seconds.

Sitting in fourth place at the midway point of the race, she moved up to second at the 150-m mark thanks to a remarkable breaststroke.

“Coming into these championships, I really wanted best times. That’s what I was focusing on, see where those times would get me. I wasn’t super focused on medals or anything else,” said the 20-year-old. “I know my breaststroke is stronger than my other strokes. We knew from Rio that I could come back and put myself in a good position with that stroke. It was really uplifting to see myself catching up to the leaders and it pushed me to go even harder.”

Routliffe was part of a trio of Canadian Paralympians in the race. Camille Bérubé of Gatineau, Que., was sixth in 3:09.77, while Sabrina Duchesne of St-Augustin, Que., finished eighth in 3:17.53.

While he didn’t join Van Wyck-Smart and Routliffe on the podium, Nicolas-Guy Turbide of Quebec City produced another Canadian highlight on Day 5 with a Canadian and Americas record in the final of the men’s 200 IM SM13.

The 22-year-old Paralympian placed fifth in 2:14.86, lowering his own standard of 2:15.03 from last summer’s Pan Pacs in Australia.

“I can’t be disappointed with a lifetime best. I am very, very happy with my race. The other guys were just a little better than me tonight, but I know I’ll have many other chances to get on the podium in this event,” said Turbide, who trains at Club de natation Région de Québec with coach Marc-André Pelletier. “If there’s an advantage with my visual impairment, it’s that I’ve learned to swim against myself and not against the other swimmers in the pool. I’m able to focus specifically on what I want to do in the water, and I learn the result at the end.”

Lomas was thrilled with Turbide’s performance.

“Like Aly and Tess, Nicolas-Guy was rewarded for his commitment to excellence and process tonight with a PB. As team leader, that’s all I can ask for. Each swimmer gave everything tonight and showed all their talent, composure and spirit to perform when it matters. Congratulations to all three swimmers and their coaches.”

In the last event of the evening, the women’s 4×100-m medley relay 34 points final, Shelby Newkirk of Saskatoon, Katarina Roxon of Kippens, N.L., Danielle Dorris of Moncton, N.B., and Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., were fourth in 5:05.05 in a race won in world record time by Great Britain (4:36.31).

“Our goal over the next year is to get under five minutes, which tonight would have put us on the podium,” said Rivard, who along with Roxon, Dorris and London 2019 teammate Morgan Bird helped Canada to a fifth-place finish and a national mark of 5:01.13 at Rio 2016.

Four other Canadians also swam morning preliminaries on Day 5.

Calgary’s Bird and Abi Tripp of Kingston, Ont., narrowly missed the women’s 50-m freestyle S8 final, placing ninth (32.66) and 10th (32.97), respectively.

In the men’s 100-m freestyle S11, Matthew Cabraja of Woodbridge, Ont., finished 12th with a personal best time of 1:03.62, two hundredths of a second faster than his performance at the Canadian trials in April.

In the women’s 50-m freestyle S4, Nikita Ens of Meadow Lake, Sask., was 19th in 1:16.91.

The 2019 World Para Swimming Championships resume Saturday with preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET) and finals at 6 p.m. (1 p.m. ET).

Full results:

Canadian Swimming

Sep 13 19

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

by ZwemZa

Matthew Sates (Facebook)

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

Sep 13 19

Day 4: World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championship: Hungary, Spain, Italy and China into quarters

by ZwemZa

Hungary, Spain, Italy and China have won through to the quarterfinals during fourth-day play of the FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championship at the Olympic Swimming Complex in Funchal (POR) and join Russia, Greece, United States and Netherlands.

Hungary was the first second-round team to make Friday’s quarterfinals with a victory (14-10)over Brazil, which is consigned to the round 9-12.

Hungary will grasp a clash with world champion Russia.

Spain shaked Australia (9-11) and will face Greece for a spot in the semifinals.

Italy raced to the quarterfinals with a big 18-6 win against Canada and will try to continue its way against the United States.

The day finalised with China defeating South Africa 5-13. The Netherlands will be its next opponent.

Brazil, Canada, Australia and South Africa will battle for 9th-12th place.

In the classification round 13-16 semifinals, Japan gained its first win of the week, defeating Kazakhstan 19-5. Japan will play New Zealand for 13th and Kazakhstan will face host Portugal for 15th.

Thursday schedule

Round 13-16 Semifinals

Match 25, 10:00, JAPAN 19 KAZAKHSTAN 5

Match 26, 11:20, PORTUGAL 3 NEW ZEALAND 18

Playoff – Second round

Match 27, 12:40, HUNGARY 14 BRAZIL 10

Match 28, 17:20, AUSTRALIA 9 SPAIN 11

Match 29, 18:40, ITALY 18 CANADA 6

Match 30, 20:00, SOUTH AFRICA 5 CHINA 13

Friday schedule

Classification 15-16

Match 31, 09:00, KAZAKHSTAN v PORTUGAL

Classification 13-14

Match 32, 10:20, JAPAN v NEW ZEALAND

Round 9-12 Semifinals

Match 33, 11:40, BRASIL v CANADA



Match 35, 16:00, UNITED STATES v ITALY

Match 36, 17:20, NETHERLANDS v CHINA

Match 37, 18:40, RUSSIA v HUNGARY

Match 38, 20:00, GREECE v SPAIN

Match 30, 20:00, SOUTH AFRICA 5 CHINA 13

Quarters: 2-1, 0-2, 1-8, 2-2

Referees: Asumi Nishihara (JPN) and Eurico Moreira da Silva (POR)


SOUTH AFRICA: Daniella Passoni, Paige Tancrel, Jennifer Everett (1), Boati Motau, Astrid Faustmann, Hanna Muller, Shakira January, Kate Hinrichs, Hanna Weppelman, Jordan Wedderburn (3), Chloe Meecham, Lucy Miszewski (1), Zanne Smit. Head Coach: Delaine Mentoor

CHINA: Wenxin Dong, Shiyun Wang (2), Yizhen Zhu (2), Xiao Chen, Bozhou Lu (3), Qingwei Wang (1), Wen Su (1), Rui Xu (1), Xinyan Meng (2), Yujia Bai, Ziyan Xiao, Siya Yan (1), Yuting Xie. Head Coach: Jun Lin.

South Africa dreamed for at least 10 minutes about the possibility of going into the quarterfinals of the World Championship. Jordan Wedderburn scored twice at the start of the first quarter so she gave South Africa a valious advantage, but China reacted in the second period. Lu Buzhou and Xu Rui started the comeback of the Chinese team, which ended up winning 5-13.

Lucia Santiago, FINA Press Correspondent from Portugal


Sep 13 19

Alani Ferreira in fine fettle in London

by ZwemZa

Alani Ferreira is doing Pietermaritzburg proud, having broken African records in London (File Image : Maritzburg Sun)

Alani Ferreira was the star performer for South Africa during the fourth day of the World Para Swimming Championships in London on Thursday, finishing seventh in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB13 final.

Ferreira produced another African record-breaking swim, clocking 1:23.86 and finished in seventh place in the final, 0.08secs faster than the time she set in the morning heats, which was also a continental record.

Compatriot Cornelle Leach came painstakingly close to a place in the women’s 100m breaststroke S12 final where she finished in an overall 11th place with a time of 1:32.43. 

The World Para Swimming Championships is held in the same venue as the London 2012 Paralympics and is a crucial qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Games. The championships will run until 15th September.

Supplied by Swimming South Africa

Sep 12 19

Another 16 medals for the South African junior swimming team during day 02 of the 13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships

by ZwemZa

PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 10: Lara Van Niekerk in the 50m Women SC Breaststroke during day 1 of the 2017 SA Short Course National Championships at GC Joliffe Pool on August 10, 2017 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

The South African youth continued to showcase their passion and skills during the second day of the 13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships in Tunis tonight with an additional 16 medals (11 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze).

Lara van Nieker’s time if 32.10 won her the gold in the 15-16 age group 50m breaststroke ahead of teammate Dakota Tucker, who clocked 34.03 to claim the bronze in the event. The silver went to Egypt’s Sara Soliman in 33.04.

Later in the evening, Tucker made her way to the medal podium again, this time for a gold medal in the 400m freestyle when she finished the race in 4:27.35, over 3secs ahead of Tunisia’s 4:30.53 and Algeria’s Mariem Khalid in 4:31.12.

In the 13-14 400m freestyle, Lise Coetzee walked away with the title in 4:34.10 and also went on to win the silver in the 100m backstroke in 1:08.38, while Hannah Pearse finished with the silver in her respective 100m backstroke race in 1:05.41.

Tori Oliver and Trinity Hearne bagged the silver and bronze in the 200m butterfly in 2:21.17 and 2:24.10, respectively, while Hearne and Oliver also participated in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay, alongside Pearse and Veronique Rossouw and finished with the gold in 8:43.60.

Matthew Sates was over the moon with his two gold medals in the 15-16 400m freestyle in 3:39.15 and the 200m butterfly in 2:02.83.

Matthew Randle and Kian Keylock both celebrated a well deserved win in their respective 50m breaststroke events. Randle scooped the gold in the 15-16 age group category in 29.70, while Keylock touched the wall in 30.55 to win the 13-14 race.

The 15-16 100m backstroke saw Pieter Coetze claim the top spot in 56.40, followed by Sudan’s Ziyad Salemm in 57.77 and Egypt’s Yassin Hossameldin in 1:00.23, while in the 13-14 age group event, Mzansi’s Kieran Grant managed a bronze in 1:02.18 behind Egypt’s Mohamed Hany in 1:00.77 and Namibia’s Jose Canjulo in 1:01.47.

Coetze, Randle, Van Niekerk and Grace Hudson also took part in the 15-16 4 x 100m mixed medley relay and won with a time of 4:07.44, while Keylock, Coetzee, Lisa Klen and Kieran Grant grabbed the 13-14 gold in 4:17.92.

13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships Medal Table (Following Day 02):

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
South Africa 26 9 4 39
Egypt 7 17 13 37
Namibia 1 2 1 4
Uganda 1 0 0 1
Zimbabwe 1 0 0 1
Tunisia 0 4 6 10
Algeria 0 2 11 13
Mozambique 0 1 0 1
Sudan 0 1 0 1
Nigeria 0 0 1

Supplied by Swimming South Africa

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