Murray cleans up in Pune
Deur Manfred Seidler
Gelaai op 24 Oktober 2008
Not only at the recent World Cup in Durban did Tuks and HPC Swimmers make a splash, but also at the Commonwealth Youth Championships held in Pune, India from 13 to 18 October!
Darren Murray, who is part of the Tuks Swimming Academy, came back with a silver and bronze medal and a Games Record in the 100m Backstroke.
The 100m Backstroke was his first event and he won his heat quite comfortably in 57.67sec. Murray swam more than ½ a second faster in the final but had to settle for silver with his 57.06seconds. If he does have mixed feelings over his performance, it would be no wonder, as he has swum almost 3 seconds faster over the 100m Backstroke when he clocked 54.53seconds at the Telkom SA Short Course Championships in August this year.
His silver medal came in the 200m Backstroke when he clocked 2:04;35 – some 6 seconds off his time at the SA Short Course Championships where he finished second behind George Du Randt.
Warren Karsten, also a Tuks Academy Swimmer, claimed silver in the 50m Breaststroke Final and Gold in the 100m Breaststroke final. In qualifying for the 50m Final, Warren swam a Games Record of 29.63sec. His time in the final 29.70sec.
In the 100m Breaststroke final, Warren touched the wall in 1:05;63 to win his heat, but needed only a 1:08;11 to win the Gold Medal, a full 5 seconds slower than his PB.
Karlien Van Heerden (Tuks Academy) finished 4th in the heats of the 200m Freestyle (2:07;42) and 8th in the 200m IM Final (2:33;82), whilst Pierre Wirth (Club) finished 3rd in both his 50m Butterfly and 100m Butterfly heats, but were unable to progress to the next round.