South African Girls Continue Dominance in Swimming Pool
2003-10-10 9:10:52      Xinhua
South Africa's female swimmers on Thursday continued their impressive show in the pool at the on-going 8th All Africa Games in Abuja, winning three more gold medals.

Lize-Mari Retief notched Thursday's first swimming gold medal in women's 50m backstroke final with a time of 30.18 seconds, withteammate Romy Altmann winning the silver and Nigeria's Inyengiyikabo Obia the bronze.

Obia drew a loud cheering from the Nigerian audience as it is the host country's first swimming medal at the Games.

Later, Retief rushed to her second gold of the day in women's 100m butterfly final in one minute and 1.78 seconds. The silver and bronze went to South Africa's Lauren Sparg and Egyptian Maai Raafat respectively.In women's 100m breaststroke final, South Africa's Ingrid Haiden clocked 1:11.00 to win the gold and her teammate Ziada Jardine took the bronze. Egypt's Salma Zeinhoum walked away with the silver in 1:11.92. In men's events, Neil Versfeld won men's 200m breaststroke title in 2::16.86, and Egypt's Ayman Khattab and Senegal's Malick Fall seized the silver and bronze respectively.

Ahamed Mostafa of Egypt pocketed the gold in men's 50m backstroke in 25.89, edging South Africa's Simon Thirsk and fellowEgyptian Haitham Hazem.

Tunisian Oussama Mellouli continued his saga in the Aquatic Center of the Abuja Sports Complex in the sixth event on Thursday,capturing the gold in men's 800m freestyle in 8:12.26, his forth at the on-going All Africa Games.

Relying on their collective strength, Algerians swooped up the gold medal from South Africans in the eye-catching men's 4x100m freestyle relay in 3:27.05.

South Africa had to settle for the silver in 3:29.63 and Egypt took the bronze in 3:30.65.

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