Olympic champion Tatjana Schoenmaker returned to the top step of the podium on Sunday night, leading her compatriot Kaylene Corbett to a podium double as South African swimmers continued to collect medals on day three of the competition. commonwealth games in Birmingham.
Schoenmaker, who had settled for fourth in the women’s 50m breaststroke final the night before, took a convincing victory over the 200m distance in 2:21.92, with Corbett taking bronze in 2:23, 67.
The two South Africans were separated by Australian Jenna Strauch, who took second in 2:23.65.
Earlier, Chad le Clos made history by winning silver in the men’s 200m butterfly final.
He hit the wall in 1:55.89, just 0.29 off New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt (1:55.60).
With his latest podium finish, Le Clos, 30, took his career tally to 18 medals, equaling the all-time Commonwealth Games record held by Australian shooters Phillip Adams and England’s Mick Gault.
In other swimming finals, Emma Chelius narrowly missed out on a medal in the women’s 50m freestyle, finishing fourth in 24.78, while her compatriot Erin Gallagher was eighth in 25.39.
The SA Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Team was fourth in 8:02.25, Christian Sadie took fifth in the SB8 Men’s 100m Breaststroke in 1:22.14, Rebecca Meder was eighth in the 100m women’s backstroke in 1:01.71, and Brenden Crawford also settled for eighth place in the men’s 100 breaststroke in 1:01.98.
The teenager Pieter Coetze, who secure gold in the 100m backstroke on Day 2 of the Games, topped the men’s 50m backstroke semifinals, qualifying fastest for Monday night’s final in 24.81.
Erin Gallagher was also expected to be among the medal contenders on Monday after qualifying second fastest (26.17) in the semifinals of the women’s 50 butterfly.
Elsewhere at the Multi-Sport Games on Sunday, the Blitzboks won gold in the men’s rugby sevens tournament with a 31-7 win over Fijitaking the national total to six medals (four gold, one silver and one bronze) as the SA team climbed to fourth place overall after three days of action.
In their final game of the tournament, the South African women’s rugby sevens team picked up their first win, claiming a 52-0 consolation win over Sri Lanka to take seventh position.
Weightlifter Anneke Spies placed fourth in the women’s 59kg division, lifting a total of 190kg, while gymnast Nareen Davies topped the South Africans in the artistic all-around final, finishing sixth of women’s competition.
In the mixed triathlon relay, Jamie Riddle, Simone Ackerman, Henri Schoeman and Shanae Williams settled for eighth place in 1:21:17.
Earlier in the paratriathlon races, Linsay Engelbrecht was fifth in the women’s race in 1:23:27 and Gavin Kilpatrick was seventh in the men’s race in 1:10:07.