2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
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After earning one silver and three bronzes through seven days, Africa got their first gold medal of the 2019 World Championships on the final night of competition.
The time was a new personal best, improving on the 24.46 he swam in the semi-finals of the World University Games earlier this month. He ended up tying American Justin Ress for gold in the final in a time of 24.48.
He comes 0.09 shy of the Continental and South African National Record of 24.34, set by Gerhard Zandberg in 2009. Zandberg was the World Champion in the event back in 2007.
The 21-year-old Waddell is a rising senior at Alabama and was a key member of the Crimson Tide’s NCAA title last season in the 200 medley relay. He had the fastest backstroke split in the field by a quarter-second (20.41).
Waddell’s win gives South Africa at least one gold medal at four consecutive World Championships and also gives the continent at least one in seven of the last eight. Beginning in 2005, the only year an African didn’t make their way on the top of the podium was 2011 in Shanghai.
Also winning a medal for South Africa this year was Chad Le Clos, who earned a pair of bronzes in the men’s 100 and 200 fly, and Tatjana Schoenmaker who took silver in the women’s 200 breaststroke. That made her the first female from the country to win a medal at the LC World Championships.
AFRICAN RECORDS ON DAY EIGHT:
- Seychellois: men’s 400 IM – Simon Bachmann, 4:41.42
- Egyptian: men’s 400 medley relay, 3:39.03