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Six swimming records set at All-African Games
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15:18, July 18, 2007

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A total of six swimming records were set on Tuesday at the Ninth All-African Games which is going on in Algiers, capital of the North African country Algeria.

There were seven events of swimming on Tuesday. Except that the record of 2 minutes 4.10 seconds in the men's 200m medley remains with Ahmed Mathlouthi from Tunisia winning in 2:05:21, the other six were all broken.

Who caught the most limelight is Kirsty Coventry from Zimbabwe, the 2004 Athens Olympic Games champion. She not only claimed the gold easily in the women's 200m backstroke,but also shaved the Games' record by a margin of 4.85 seconds to 2:10:66.

South Africa's Natalie Du Toit displayed her talent in swimming by winning the women's 1500m freestyle in 17:09:05, 15.59 seconds faster than the original record.

Her compatriot Suzaan Van Biljon claimed the gold in the women's 50m breaststroke in 32.62 seconds, improving the African Games record by 0.27 second.

The other two individuals were Kenya's Jason Dunford, who has been qualified for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, raised the All-Africa Games' record of men's 50m butterfly by 0.16 seconds to 23.91 seconds, as well as Amanda Loots of the South African team who finished the women's 200m butterfly first in 2:14:28, beating the record by 1. 74 seconds.

In addition, the South African team improved the Games' record of men's 4x100m medley by 1.75 seconds to 3 minutes 44.92 seconds.

The swimming competition of the All-Africa Games is scheduled to end on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua



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