The World Swimming Championships ended on a brilliant note for South Africa on Sunday with Zane Waddell winning the gold medal in the 50m backstroke.
It was the fourth medal for South Africa, after Chad le Clos’ two bronze medals and the silver Tatjana Schoenmaker won at the start of the weekend.
With the word "Ubuntu" proudly displayed on his breast, Waddell beat Russian world record holder Kliment Kolesnikov to the wall for his maiden world title at the biennial event.
Waddell hit the wall in a winning time of 24.43 seconds out touching Russians Evgeny Rylov ( 24.49) in second place and Kolesnikov (24.51) in third.
Although the 50m backstroke is not an Olympic event, it will give Waddell a shot in the arm for the 100m event in the build up to the 2020 Tokyo Games.