The Pan Pacific international swim gala got underway in America yesterday and South African Olympian Roland Schoeman claimed the first medal for South Africa with a bronze in the 50m butterfly.

Schoeman swam a 23.39 to finish just 0.3 seconds off the winner Cesar Cielo from Brazil.

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Jean Basson took 6th place in the 200m freestyle, which was won by high riding American Ryan Lochte,who is having a great season.

Basson and Schoeman were the only two South Africans to make the finals while Mark Randall managed an 11th place finish in the 1500m freestyle.

A lot of hard work is ahead for South African swimming before the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Swimming has traditionally been the sport where the country wins medals at the Games and with two years to go, we cannot rely on Roland Schoeman alone to carry the flag.

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