Tokyo 2020, Africa Day 7: Chelius Makes 50 FR Semis, Breaks 4th RSA Record

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

Day 7 Finals Recap

In the 50 free, 23 total national records from the continent of Africa fell during the final preliminaries session of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Among the record-breakers was Emma Chelius of South Africa, swimming a lifetime best of 24.65. It was also the fourth South African record to go down during the Games, following Tatjana Schoenmaker‘s 100/200 breast records and the women’s 800 free relay record.

Chelius’ time was good enough to place 13th in prelims and qualify into the semifinals round. Current African record-holder Farida Osman of Egypt placed 24th in prelims at 25.13. In semifinals, Chelius placed 13th at 24.64, shaving one one-hundredth off her prelims swim.

The on-fire South African women also swam the 4×100 medley relay prelims, where the quartet of Mariella Venter (1:01.03), Schoenmaker (1:07.41), Erin Gallagher (59.76), and Aimee Canny (54.82) placed 14th overall at 4:03.02.

CONTINENTAL & NATIONAL RECORDS ON DAY 7

  • Men’s 50 Free: Malawi — Filipe Gomes, 24.00
  • Men’s 50 Free: Niger — Alassane Seydou, 24.75
  • Men’s 50 Free: Benin — Marc Dansou, 24.99
  • Men’s 50 Free: Burkina Faso — Adama Ouedraogo, 25.22
  • Men’s 50 Free: Rwanda — Eloi Maniraguha, 25.38
  • Men’s 50 Free: Togo — Mawupemon Otogbe, 25.68
  • Men’s 50 Free: Guinea — Mamadou Bah, 26.52
  • Men’s 50 Free: Ethiopa — Abdelmalik Muktar, 26.65
  • Men’s 50 Free: Cameroon — Charly Ndjoume, 27.22
  • Men’s 50 Free: Gabon — Langlad de Girard, 27.66
  • Men’s 50 Free: Equatorial Guinea — Diosdado Miko Eyanga, 31.03
  • Women’s 50 Free: South Africa — Emma Chelius, 24.65
  • Women’s 50 Free: Cameroon — Norah Milanesi, 26.41
  • Women’s 50 Free: Uganda — Kirabo Namutebi, 26.63
  • Women’s 50 Free: Ghana — Unilez Takyi, 27.85
  • Women’s 50 Free: Burundi — Angelika Ouedraogo, 28.38
  • Women’s 50 Free: Benin — Nafissath Radji, 29.99
  • Women’s 50 Free: Swaziland — Robyn Young, 30.41
  • Women’s 50 Free: Rwanda — Alphonsine Agahozo, 30.50
  • Women’s 50 Free: Sierra Leone — Tity Dumbuya, 31.56
  • Women’s 50 Free: Central African Republic — Chloe Sauvourel, 32.18
  • Women’s 50 Free: Gabon — Aya Girard de Langlade, 32.24
  • Women’s 50 Free: Burundi — Odrina Kaze, 33.39

AFRICAN MEDAL TABLE THROUGH DAY 7

NATION TOTAL MEDALS GOLD SILVER BRONZE
South Africa 2 1 1
Tunisia 1 1

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