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/ 23 April 2008

First SA athletes named for Beijing team

South African athletes will not be given specific targets for Beijing, but will aim to better previous records and enjoy the challenging experience of the Olympic Games. The first batch of names of athletes and officials who will form part of Team SA were announced at Olympic House in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

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/ 11 April 2008

Getting ready for gold

It took less than a week for South African swimmers to appreciate how tough international competition will be at the Olympics in August. Last Sunday Swimming South Africa announced a record 21 swimmers had posted Olympic qualifying times. But by Wednesday many of these stars had bombed out of the World Short-Course Championships in Manchester.

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/ 4 April 2008

The ultimate meritocracy

Someone neglected to remind the participants at the South African National Aquatic Championship in Durban about the oft-repeated truism that the whole sports thing is more about taking part and less about winning. Perhaps even if someone had, the swimmers would not have been too bothered to listen.

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/ 27 October 2007

Schoeman shines in Singapore

South African star swimmer Roland Schoeman grabbed three gold medals and a silver to set the standard on the opening day of the Fina World Cup on Saturday. The Arizona-based Schoeman started off with a bang, winning the 100m freestyle in the season’s best time of 47,34 seconds and followed up with gold in the 50m breaststroke (27,45sec).