SA swimmers primed to break more records

THE cream of South African swimming talent will take part in the Telkom SA Short Course Championships at the GC Jollife swimming pool in Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

THE cream of South African swimming talent will take part in the Telkom SA Short Course Championships at the GC Jollife swimming pool in Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

And Cameron van der Burgh, fresh from an awesome world record and gold medal win in the 50m breaststroke at the world championships in Rome is among local swimming stars who have the potential to achieve world record times.

Swimming stars Roland Schoeman, Riaan Schoeman, George du Rand, Gerhard Zandberg and Lyndon Ferns will also take part in the event that starts tomorrow and ends on Monday.

"Almost all of the South African swimming team members have produced career-best performances in Rome, and it is easier to carry (that form) through from the long course 50m swimming pool to the 25m short-course event, than the other way round. So, I am expecting world, African and SA records to fall regularly at these championships," said Van der Burgh.

World championships 50m breaststroke bronze medallist Gerhard Zandberg said he was hoping to turn on the speed when the action hots up.

"At the Fina (the world swimming federation) World Championships held in Rome, Italy, over the past 10 days , the South African swimmers set a new world record, 20 African records and made 10 finals against the best swimmers in the world," Zandberg said.

"If you think those performances were fast, wait until we change from a 50m swimming pool competition to the 25m short-course version."

Young talent like Durban-based swimmers Chad le Clos and Schoeman should provide many moments of excitement in the individual medley races, while Charl van Zyl is expected to prevail in the backstroke events.

On the women's front, three-time Olympian Mandy Loots returns to the water to give of her best in the butterfly events.

Port Elizabeth's teenage swimming sensation Jessica Liss is set to be in the hunt for medals in the breaststroke events.

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