CASABLANCA – The South African swimming team concluded the aquatics programme of the African Games in Casablanca, Morocco, on Saturday with a phenomenal total of 45 medals (20 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze) and claimed the top spot of the medal table.
Jessica Whelan finished the competition on a high note, winning the gold medal in the 200m individual medley in 2:19.44, just over a second ahead of Algeria’s Hamida Nefsi in 2:20.57 and Mzansi’s Christin Mundell in 2:21.70.
Erin Gallagher and Emma Chelius made a formidable duo in the 50m freestyle, scooping the gold and bronze in 24.95 and 25.25 respectively, while Egypt’s Farida Osman won the silver in 25.06.
Gallagher and Chelius were also part of the gold winning 4x100m medley relay, alongside Kaylene Corbett and Kerryn Herbst when they finished first in 4:12.42, while the men’s 4 x 100m medley relay team of Martin Binedell, Michael Houlie, Ryan Coetzee and Alaric Basson grabbed the gold medal in 3:40.24.
Herbst and Binedell also won the bronze in their respective 100m backstroke races.