DURBAN, August 10 – Olympic champion Chad le Clos lit up the first day of the 2018 SA National Swimming Championships (25m) at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre on Thursday when he became the first person to qualify for the 14th World Swimming Short-Course Championships (25m).
That takes place in China from December 11-16.
He ducked below the 100-metre freestyle qualifying during the morning heats before doing it again in the final, clocking a winning time of 46.45 seconds.
The 20-year-old Zane Waddell posted a qualifying time of 47.54 finishing second behind Le Clos. Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Ryan Coetzee finished third with a time of 48.23.
Commonwealth women’s 100-200m breaststroke medallist Tatjana Schoenmaker also booked her place during the preliminary rounds.
She won the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:18.93 dipping below the qualifying mark for the second time on the day.
Emily Visagie added her name to the list of qualifiers finishing second behind Schoenmaker in 2:23.03 with Christin Mundell bagging bronze with 2:26.80.
Erin Gallagher, who was one of the star swimmers at the Commonwealth Games won the women’s 100m with a world qualifying time of 53.34, while teenager Olivia Nel won silver posting a time of 55.52 with Marlies Ross rounding off the podium clocking 56.05.
Mariella Venter won the women’s 200m backstroke with a time of 2:08.28 beating Samantha Randle to the wall. Randle touched second in 2:12.82 with Abi Meder finishing third with 2:17.01.
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Meder narrowly missed out on qualifying for the world championships in the 800m freestyle.
She won the distance event with a time of 8:36.35 ahead of Kate Beavon in second place (8:38.16) with Duné Coetzee taking third in 8:42.70.
In the men’s 1 500m freestyle Josh Dannhauser won in 14:59.43 with Aryan Makhija finishing second with 15:10.94. Chad Michau claimed bronze in 15:19.53.
Day 1 qualifying times,
Chad le Clos – 100m freestyle (46.45)
Zane Waddell – 100m freestyle (47.54)
Tatjana Schoenmaker – 200m breaststroke (2:18.93)
Emily Visagie – 200m breaststroke (2:23.03)
Erin Gallagher – 100m freestyle (53.34).
– African News Agency (ANA)