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01 Feb 2014 16:05
South African swimmer Karin Prinsloo. (Gallo)
Karin Prinsloo distinguished herself as South Africa's queen of the pool as she continued her magnificent form at the Aquatic Super Series in Perth, Australia, on Saturday.
She set her third national record at the gala, adding the 200m freestyle gold medal to the bronze and silver she won in the 100m and 400m freestyle respectively on Friday.
The 24-year-old set new South African records in those events before claiming the bronze medal with Rene Warnes, Marlies Ross and Kyna Perreira in the 4x200m freestyle relay.
Prinsloo was in blistering form as she led the 200m freestyle race from start to finish, posting a time of 1:57.41 and broke her previous national mark of 1:58.53 in the process.
The final 50 metres of the race turned into a tussle between Prinsloo and Australia's Bronte Barratt, but the South African held on for the victory.
Barratt finished in second place in a time of 1:57.50 with China's Qiu Yuhan taking third in 1:59.15.
Prinsloo earned her fifth medal of the gala when the women's 4x100m freestyle relay team finished third behind Australia and China respectively.
Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos shook off the disappointment from Friday – when Seto beat him to the wall in the 200m butterfly – to finish first in the 100m butterfly event.
Le Clos characteristically left it late to take the lead and looked around as he approached the wall before finishing with a flourish, touching in a time of 52.66 seconds.
He was followed by Australians Christopher Wright in 52.78 and Daniel Lester with 53.06 in second and third place respectively.
The South African added the bronze medal in the men's 400m individual medley after initially finishing in fourth place. China's Wang Shun was disqualified, which resulted in Le Clos receiving his third medal of the gala in a time of 4:16.71.
Olympic silver medallist Kosuke Hagino of Japan claimed first place in a time of 4:09.82, with his countryman and world champion Daiya Seto finished second in 4:13.60.
Distance swimmer Myles Brown completed South Africa's medal haul in Perth finishing third in the mixed 800m freestyle in a time of 7:57.63.
Australia's Mack Horton claimed first place in 7:53.88 and Kohei Yamamoto took the silver medal in a time of 7:56.36.
It was a relatively successful campaign for South Africa after the team returned from the inaugural series, which was initially a tri-nation gala that included Australia and China.
This year Brazil and Japan were added to the programme, which made competition even tougher than the previous edition.
South Africa finished the five-nation competition with 10 medals overall.
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