GWANGJU – With the Olympic Games in Tokyo now less than a year away, the South African swimming team finishing with four medals at the recently concluded World Championships is a promising sign.
Zane Waddell surprised many with his gold in the 50m backstroke, but that is not an Olympic event, so he will have to work on the longer 100m if he is to feature on a medal podium in Tokyo. Both he and national coach Graham Hill believe that he’s capable of doing just that.
“This is a really big step in the right direction for me considering the 100 and that is what I’ll be focusing on for Tokyo 2020,” said Waddell after beating off his Russian rivals for gold on Sunday.
Hill added: “Zane did step it up at the student games in the 100 backstroke and he was really good there so we’re well aware that he can step up the 100 backstroke.
"Hopefully next year he’ll be right on target with that event, obviously with the 50 not being an event at the Olympics.”