Flagbearer Michael Houlie receives the SA flag from minister of sport Tokozile Xasa in Johannesburg. Photo: Team South Africa on facebook

BUENOS AIRES – SA swimmers Michael Houlie and Duné Coetzee advanced to the semifinals of their disciplines, at the Youth Olympics, in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday.

Competing in the 50m breaststroke in the morning heats session, Houlie won his race in 27.91 seconds. Only China's Jaijun Sun (27.91) was able to go faster than the 18-year-old South African.

Coetzee, who collected the silver medal in the 200m butterfly earlier in the week, finished 12th overall in the 100m butterfly heats in 1:01.92 to book her place in the evening semifinals.

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However, Gabriel Nortje fell by the wayside after finishing 26th overall in the 100m freestyle in 51.99.

After a brisk start to the medal hunt with Amber Schlebusch winning gold in the women's triathlon plus Coetzee's silver in the pool, SA have found the going tough and has slipped to joint 24th spot out of 51 participating nations. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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