The final day of the Mare Nostrum Canet leg saw the South African swimming team claim an additional 3 medals (one gold, one silver and one bronze) and a Championship Record.
Gerhard Zandberg was in record breaking form in the 50m backstroke. Zandberg shattered the 2009 Championship Record of 25.14 set by Australia’s Benjamin Treffers with a fast 24.96. This time Treffers had to settle for the silver with his time of 25.05, while Japan’s Junya Koga took the bronze in 25.29.
It was a tight 50m butterfly race where Roland Schoeman walked away with the silver medal in a time of 23.86. Matthew Targett from Australia claimed the gold in 23.43 and Rafa Munoz Perez from Spain won the bronze in 23.88.
Cameron van der Burgh won the bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke clocking 1:01.14. Alexander Dale Oen’s time of 1:00.29 secured him the gold and a new Championship Record, while Japan’s Ryo Tateishi took the silver in 1:00.94.
Karin Prinsloo ended 7th in both the 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle in 29.52 and 56.04 respectively; Vanessa Mohr finished 6th in the 50m butterfly in 27.07 and Bianca Meyer came in 7th in the 200m butterfly with a time of 2:14.18.
In the 400m freestyle, Michelle Weber came in 4th place with a time of 4:18.66, Kathryn Meaklim was 5th in 4:19.31 and Natasha de Vos ended 8th in 4:22.90. De Vos also swam the 200m backstroke where she finished 8th in a time of 2:22.85.
On the men’s side, Charl Crous ended 8th in the 200m backstroke with a time of 2:06.03, Chad le Clos finished 7th in the 200m butterfly in 1:56.74 and Myles Brown came in 4th in 1500m freestyle with a time of 15:35.13.
The final leg of the Mare Nostrum will take place in Monaco on 11th and 12th of June.