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BELGRADE - A new South African women's 4x100m freestyle swimming record has been set at the 25th World Student Games by a team led by rising star Leone Vorster.
The quartet set a new record of 3min:48,24sec during the heats of their event at the Belgrade Swimming Club pool yesterday morning, which earned the team accolades from the Team South Africa management.
The Polokwane-born Vorster leads the South African swimming team in Serbia.
She is studying marketing management at the University of Arizona in the United States.
Other members of the team that shattered the record were Liezel Burger, Christy-Leigh Lategan and Elzanne Werth. The previous record of 3:49,88 was set at the South African national championships in Durban in 1999.
Vorster told Sowetan this week that she went to Belgrade to win medals.
Sanele Madlala, the University Sport South Africa president, last night sent a congratulatory message to Vorster and company after their achievement at the World Student Games.
"We have been expecting achievements like this one since the starting of swimming and athletics, which is where South Africa has been doing well in all the global sporting competitions.
"Besides new records being set in athletics and swimming, we are expecting medals in the next few days," Madlala said.