VORSTER sets pace

BELGRADE - South African swimmer Leone Vorster smashed the SA 200m women's freestyle record at the 25th World Student Games in Serbia yesterday.

BELGRADE - South African swimmer Leone Vorster smashed the SA 200m women's freestyle record at the 25th World Student Games in Serbia yesterday.

Vorster, who was born in Polokwane but is now based in the US, set a new record of 1min:59,55sec in the 4x200m freestyle relay heats at the Belgrade swimming pool.

The likeable swimmer has improved the previous record of 1:59,76 set by Melissa Corfe at the national championships in Durban on April 1 2008.

On her arrival in Serbia, Vorster, a student at the University of Arizona, made it clear that she was at the Games to add to the gold medal she won at the African championships two years ago.

She has emerged as one of the rising stars expected to hoist the South African flag high at the Commonwealth Games in India next year and at the London Olympic Games in 2012.

On Monday, Vorster was a member of the 4x100m freestyle relay team that set a new South African record of 3:48,24. The previous record of 3:49,88 was set at the national championships in Durban in August 1999.

Bronwyn Cartwright, Team South Africa's swimming manager, said they were happy to see their swimmers doing well at the World Student Games, an event involving 142 nations.

Sanele Madlala, the president of University Sport South Africa, said: "While we congratulate our athletes who are winning medals here at the World Student Games, it is also great for us to see others setting new national records."

lRamatsiyi Moholoa is in Serbia as a guest of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee and University Sport South Africa.

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