Le Clos, Coetze & Smith Headline South African Olympic Roster

Swimming South Africa has revealed its 8-strong roster for this summer’s Olympic Games in Paris, France. The lineup includes 3 men and 5 women in a reduction of representation from 3 years ago in Tokyo which saw a squad of 15 go for gold at the 2020 Games.

The reigning gold medalist in the 200m breaststroke from the previous Olympic Games, Tatjana Smith (nee Schoenmaker), leads the charge, with newly-minted African record holder in the 200m free Aimee Canny also receiving the nod.

Fly ace Erin Gallagherbreaststroker Kaylene Corbett and versatile Rebecca Meder will also be among the South Africans in Paris. 21-year-old Meder recently suffered a ruptured appendix which resulted in her swimming just one event at the South African Olympic Trials.

On the men’s side, 32-year-old Chad Le Clos has been named to his 4th consecutive Olympic Games, having raced at the 2012, 2016 and 2020 editions. He has accumulated 4 individual medals, including gold from when he beat American Olympic icon Michael Phelps in London.

20-year-old Pieter Coetze is coming off a successful 2024 World Championships which saw him snag 200m backstroke bronze.

Matt Sates will also be among the team, trying to return to form which rendered him runner-up in the overall 2023 World Aquatics Swimming World Cup.

Pieter Coetze
Chad Le Clos
Matt Sates
Aimee Canny
Tatjana Smith
Kaylene Corbett
Erin Gallagher
Rebecca Meder

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1 month ago

Official congrats to Wahoo Aimee Canny! The first of many Cavaliers “working” in Paris (I hope).

1 month ago

It’s too bad they couldn’t find a reasonable breast broker to make a medley relay. Imagine if Michael Andrew could have switched his nationality; he is certainly going to have a tough time making the US Team!

Former swimmer
Reply to  Danjohnrob
1 month ago

Yes he is. Maybe 50 free. Maybe

NornIron Swim
1 month ago

What event(s) did Sates qualify in?

Reply to  NornIron Swim
1 month ago

50 freestyle

Reply to  NornIron Swim
1 month ago

Flys and 200 IM from the Budapest World Cup

Nathan Lavery
1 month ago

Amica De Jager – OW

Reply to  Nathan Lavery
1 month ago

South Africa denied Amica’s OW spot

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