Namibians Excel At Cana Zone Iv Championships

The Swimming Namibia team returned earlier this week after a very successful tour in Mauritius where they competed in the 14th Cana (African Swimming Confederation) Zone IV Championships. Fourteen countries were represented at this competition where Angola and Mauritius hopefuls still tried to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games.

The Namibian team broke eight Cana records and one Namibian record. Ronan Wantenaar (15) broke the 50m Breaststroke Namibian record when he improved the old 15-16 record of Byron Briedenhann of 32.37 seconds to a new record time of 31.64 seconds and also earned a silver medal for his effort.

Wantenaar also broke the Cana record in the 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:18.97 and won a deserved gold medal. His other medals were silver for the 100m Backstroke, silver for 50m Backstroke and a bronze for the 200m Breaststroke. Wantenaar also improved on all his other events.

Zanre Oberholzer (17) broke 3 Cana records in the 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke and won gold in all three events. She also won a gold medal for the 50m Freestyle event and a bronze in the 100m Freestyle.

Antonia Roth won gold medal for the 200m Individual Medley and broke the Cana record in this event. She also earned gold in the 200m Breaststroke, silver in the 100m Backstroke, silver in the 200m Backstroke and bronze in the 100m Breaststroke. Roth also swam the 3km Open water swim and won gold in her age category.

Kiara Schatz (16) set a new Cana record in the 200m Freestyle when she won gold with a time of 2:13.95, while she also won silver for the 100m Butterfly.

Zune Weber (15) set a new Cana record and won gold for the 50m Freestyle in a time of 27.83 seconds. She won a silver in the 100m Backstroke, Bronze in the 50m Backstroke and gold in the 100m Freestyle.

Dewald Nell surprised in the 200m Individual Medley, with a time of 2:19.95, when he came first in his heat to break the Cana record and to win the gold medal. He improved his times in all the other events and came fourth in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 56,92 seconds. Nell swam the 3km Open water swim and won the silver medal in a close race, while he also won gold in his age group category.

Ju-Ane Oberholzer had a very good competition when she returned home with a silver medal in the 200m Backstroke improving her old time of 2:39.49 to a new time of 2:32.98, while she also obtained a bronze medal in the 50m Backstroke. She set new personal best times in all her events.

Rene Viljoen had some excellent swims amongst a very strong group of swimmers. Viljoen participated in 13 events and just missed out on medals in several events. He reached 4th place for the 50m Butterfly and 100m Butterfly and also improved his times in all the events.

Namibia reached 8th place on the overall placement with a team consisting of only eight swimmers.

The team thanked their sponsors and parents for the great support.

SOURCE: The Namibian