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Lara van Niekerk is 50m breaststroke African Record Holder

Lara van Niekerk sets new 50m breaststroke African record 29.77

Lara van Niekerk

The 19th FINA World Championships are underway in Budapest, Hungary.

In Friday’s action, Lara van Niekerk won her 50m breaststroke heat in an African record 29.77, which qualified her as the fastest in the heats

Lara van Niekerk


50m breaststroke: She won her 50m breaststroke heat in an African record 29.77, which qualified her as the fastest from the heats heading into the semi-finals.
100m breaststroke: Placed 10th overall in 1:06.75 and qualified for the semi-final. There she led in the first semi-final at the turn, but tired in the last 20m to finish 7th, also in 1:06.75, but that left her in 13th place after the semis and missing out on a place in the final. “It was actually an amazing experience … I enjoyed that moment so much, walking out there and experiencing all that. I definitely felt a bit nervous but it was good nerves. I saw at the turn that I was in front so I just tried to keep that gap, but I did die a bit at the end. I’m excited about the 50. With all the speed and all the starts that we’ve been practicing, I think the 50 is going to be the better one – and we focused more on the 50 for world champs.”

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