Roland Schoeman Scratches 100 Free Prelims on Day 4 in South Africa


Wayne Riddin contributed this report:

The fourth day of the South African Olympic Swimming Trials was very quiet, and finals will need a performance to give the Durban atmosphere another boost of energy.

Men’s 100m Freestyle

Only Douglas Erasmus managed to get under 50 seconds in the heats, clocking an impressive-looking 49,54sec ahead of USA-based swimmers Brad Tandy and Brett Walsh who ended on 50,86 and 50,87.

Ryan Coetzee had started the seeded heats off with a 50,62sec with Bradley Vincent (Mauritius) in 50,90sec while the last heat saw a charging Myles Brown edge a fraction ahead of Caydon Muller in 50,42sec and 50,43sec.

Besides chasing the Olympic individual standard of 48.99, the sprinters are also jockeying for position on a potential 400 free relay – though the team didn’t enter one at Worlds last year.

Legend Roland Schoeman, the only man still competing for South Africa from the historic gold-medal winning 400 free relay, scratched the prelims.

Women’s 200m Butterfly

No one got anywhere near the Olympic cut of 2:09,33 as Rene Warnes heads the group with a 2:15,97 followed by Marli Jacobs on 2:22,76 and Sule van der Merwe on 2:23,70. But the swimmers were able to go easier than expected so making the final will speed a few up.

Through 3 days of competition, no women have qualified for the 2016 Olympics for South Africa.

Men’s 200m Breaststroke

19-year old Jarred Crous heads the challenge in 2:15,06 but will need to pull off something special to challenge the 2:11,66 Olympic time in finals. Cameron van der Burgh remains the most likely swimmer to achieve that time even after a prelims 2:16,61, a coast-of-a-swim for the defending Olympic Champion in the 100 breaststroke.

Daniel Swanepoel on 2:17,23 and Ayrton Sweeney on 2:17,87 qualified 3rd and 4th, respectively.

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8 years ago

surprised le clos didn’t swim the 100 free

Reply to  dru
8 years ago

true.. was surprised he went all the way through with the 2 free, wonder if he actually swims it in rio

Reply to  dru
8 years ago

When I thought the 4×100 free relay already passed?

8 years ago

Not sure how much he has left to give. Realistically I see a 49 low split and a 22 mid to low. But I would love to see him go out with another medal and some fast times.

Reply to  PACFAN
8 years ago

Woops, used the wrong email address. Sorry swimswam, I know you don’t like that

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