The Golden Girls of South Australia shine again in the pool at the Commonwealth Games



Last night the South African breaststroke experts finished the women’s final in Birmingham clean, with the national team winning four more medals on the fifth day. Commonwealth Games.

After winning in 50m breaststroke final Last week, 19-year-old Lara van Niekerk added the 100m crown to her, winning in 1:05.47.

The current champion Tatyana Shenmeyker, who is already won the 200 m titletook second place in the 100m with a score of 1:07.05.

Kaileen Corbett, bronze medalist in the 200m, finished seventh in the 100m final in 1:07.62.

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Lara van Niekerk on her way to winning the 100m breaststroke final. Photo: Gallo Images

Meanwhile, Peter Kutze completed his own impressive treble with a third medal in the backstroke.

After winning the 100m backstroke and winning silver in 50m final Earlier at the Games last night, he took bronze in the 200 meters in 1:56.77.

However, Chad le Clos narrowly missed expanding your record 18 career Commonwealth medals.

Le Clos finished fourth in the men’s 100m butterfly final with a score of 51.61, touching the wall just 0.21 from the historic podium spot.

Michael Hooley also fell behind in the men’s 50m breaststroke final, finishing in fourth place with a time of 27.36. He was 0.04 short of Scotland’s Ross Murdoch, who took bronze with a time of 27.32.

In the women’s 800m freestyle final, Mikaela Pulford finished sixth in 8:44.77, while the South African 4x100m medley relay finished sixth in 3:51.56.

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Elsewhere, the South African women’s lawn ball team won the silver medal.

The national quartet – Tabelo Muvhango, Brigitte Kalitz, Esme Kruger and Joanna Snyman – lost 17-10 to India in the gold medal play-off to finish second.

In other sports, Adrian Wildschutt finished fifth with a strong performance in the men’s 10,000 m final, finishing the 25 lap race in 27:41.04 on the opening day of the athletics event.

Disco wrestler Yolandi Stander placed sixth in the women’s final with a 55.49m jump, while sprinter Cheryl James was seventh in the women’s T37/38 100m final with a score of 13.68.

Akani Simbine kept his medal hopes alive by defending his 100 m title with the first round of the men’s short sprint.

Simbine won his run in the first round in 10.10 seconds to advance to today’s semi-finals.

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Weightlifter Ruben Kruger finished sixth in the men’s 96 kg category, lifting a total of 303 kg, while rhythmic gymnasts Naveen Daries (floor exercise) and Shante Koti (beam) placed seventh and eighth in their finals.

In team sports, the South American women’s wheelchair basketball team beat Kenya 6-5 in the playoffs to finish in sixth place, while the women’s national ice hockey team thrashed Kenya 15-0 to claim their first group win B under the direction of Jean-Li du Toit, who scored five goals. goals.

The Proteas struggled again in the women’s T20 cricket tournament, suffering their second defeat in Group B with a 26-series loss to England.

South Africa was fifth overall with 16 medals (six gold, five silver and five bronze) after five days of competition at the Games.