South Africa Takes Home 78 Medals From Junior Africa C’ships


  • Wednesday, September 11th – Saturday, September 14th
  • Tunis, Tunisia
  • LCM
  • Results

The 2019 CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships in Tunis, Tunisia concluded on Saturday, September 14th, but not before the nation of South Africa collected a total of 78 medals. Taking away 46 gold, 22 silver, and 10 bronze, South Africa surpassed its previous haul of 57 medals at this same competition 4 years ago in Egypt.

Multiple Gold Medalists for South Africa:

Pieter Coetze wreaked havoc on the men’s 15-16 age group, reaping a total of 5 individual gold medals over the course of the meet. The teen nailed a winning effort of 23.81 in the 50m free and also clinched 50m back gold in a mark of 26.40.

The men’s 100m back also fell victim to the South African, with Coetze clinching the top prize in a result of 56.40. He completed the trifecta backstroke events with a time of 2:05.07 to also beat the 200m back field as well.

Coetze’s additional medal came in the form of his 50m fly victory, with the teen punching a time of 25.30 to hear his anthem play once again.

Luca Holtzhausen did additional damage for South Africa, collecting a quartet of individual gold medals for the nation. Holtzhausen hit the wall in a mark of 51.94 for 100m free gold, followed by a logging of 1:53.40 for the 200m free victory. He nailed a time of 2:09.63 to top the men’s 200m IM podium and also doubled up with a winning effort of 4:32.74 in the 400m IM.

Matthew Sates was another big-time medal catcher for South Africa, with the man knocking down golds left and right in the 15-16 age category. He tied Coetze for the top prize in the 50m free, also clocking 23.81 and hit an additional free podium with the top time of 3:59.15 in the 400m.

Sates doubled up on the 100m and 200m breast events, clocking times of 1:03.35 and 2:16.41, respectively, while he finished off the 200m IM field in a time of 2:06.01. He went on to stop the clock in 54.24 for the 100m fly win and 2:02.83 for the 200m fly win to capture an impressive 7 individual golds all together.

For the women, Lisa Klen brought home gold in the 100m breast for the 13-14-year-old category, hitting the wall in 1:15.18. She snagged another gold in the 200m distance of the same discipline, touching in 2:43.38. Klen closed out the competition with 2 additional wins, with a time of 1:05.80 in the 100m fly and 2:27.71 in the 200m IM.

Lisa Coetze produced a time of 2;09.06 in the 200m free and a time of 4:34.10 in the 400m free to reap golds across both events for the 13-14 category.

Lara van Niekerk also got her job done, taking the 50m breast in 32.10, the 100m breast in 1:00.07 and the 200m IM in 2:21.46.

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Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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