Monday, 4 October 2010

South Africa picks up 2 medals in swimming

Team South Africa have got their medals tally off to a flying start on the opening day of competition at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi by earning two medals in swimming events.

(Click here to see Day 1 medals tally)


Durban matric pupil Chad Le Clos won the country’s first medal of the competition with victory on the 200m butterfly.

Swimming in lane two Le Clos burst through from nowhere in the final lap to touch first, upstaging a field that included teammate Sebastien Rousseau and England swimmers Paul Rock and Peter Roebuck.

The 18-year-old Le Clos, who competed in his first European galas only last year, was well out of the top three throughout the race, although Rouseau was third going into the final turn.

The South African 4x100m freestyle relay team earned bronze.

The relay team, victors at the 2006 Games in Melbourne, were beaten into third place by Australia and England, but they at least ensured a relay medal for SA for the third successive Games. They won silver in Manchester 2002.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The South African swimmer Roland Schoeman should not be allowed to swim in the finals of 50m freestyle for his 'monkey remarks' of the crowd.
http://www.theage.com.au/commonwealth-games-2010/comm-games-news/south-african-swimmer-slams-crowd-with-monkey-jibe-20101009-16cbm.html

Anonymous said...

The comments from Roland were unwarranted. Such comments from a professional swimmer is discouraging to the game.

If he was having problems concentrating, perhaps he should not have attended the event at all. Perhaps he should leave his racial heritage behind when he is representing such a great sport for his country.

Anonymous said...

Roland didnt say they were monkeys, he said they were behaving LIKE monkeys.

by the way, it isnt racist because he didnt single out any certain race. he said THEY were behaving like monkeys as well as the fact that the crowd was attended to by any amount of races. who knows? its wrong to name it racist!

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