Van Niekerk, Coetze declare first SA gold medals at Commonwealth Video games

Lara van Niekerk (Photograph by Shaun Botterill / Getty Pictures)

On Saturday, Lara van Niekerk took South Africa’s first gold medal on the 2022 Commonwealth Video games by successful the 50m breaststroke ultimate.

Swimming in lane 1, Van Niekerk did not have the most effective begins, however an outstanding end noticed her hit the wall in 29.73, a brand new Video games report.

He completed forward of Imogen Clark (England) in 30.02 and Chelsea Hodges (Australia) in 30.05.

Two different South Africans, Tatjana Schoenmaker, completed fourth with Kaylene Corbett sixth.

Within the males’s 100 backstroke ultimate, Pieter Coetze produced a shocking swim to get dwelling first.

Swimming in lane 4, Coetze took the lead and maintained his consistency regardless of a cost from a number of different opponents.

Nonetheless, the 18-year-old saved touching the wall at 53.78 to seal the gold for South Africa.

Englishman Brodie Williams completed second with 53.91, whereas Australian Bradley Woodward received the bronze medal (54.06).

Within the semi-finals of the ladies’s 50m freestyle, Erin Gallagher completed 4th with Olivia Nel fifth within the first warmth, whereas Emma Chelius was third within the second.

Which means that each Gallagher and Chelius progress to the ultimate with the fifth and seventh quickest time respectively, whereas Nel is the primary reserve.

Within the males’s 200 freestyle, 19 yr outdated Matthew Sates vanished after an excellent begin to end in sixth place with Scotsman Duncan Scott taking gold.

The ultimate of the ladies’s 50 meters S13 was received by the Australian Katja Dedekind with Alani Ferreira and Cornelle Leach from South Africa who completed in seventh and eighth respectively.

Sates returned for the boys’s 400m particular person combined medley to complete fourth in a time of 4: 16.61 whereas New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt took gold.

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