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Pool-raider Lara lands SA's first gold in Birmingham

By [email protected] (David Isaacson)

Lara van Niekerk bagged SA’s first medal of the Commonwealth Games on Saturday night, winning the women’s 50m breaststroke in a third consecutive Games record. 

The Pretoria schoolgirl clocked 29.73, beating Imogen Clark of England (30.02) and Australian Chelsea Hodges (30.05). 

Tatjana Schoenmaker, as she was at Gold Coast 2018, ended fourth in 30.41 while Kaylene Corbett, the third SA swimmer in the final, was sixth in 31.10. 

Van Niekerk, the world championship bronze medallist in this event last month, had gone fastest in the heats and the semifinals on Friday in 29.82 and 29.80.

Swimming a little later Matthew Sates ended sixth in the 200m freestyle final. 

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