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Townsend makes waves at FINA World Cup

Tuesday 6 November 2012 12:11

Nontokozo Mhlongo

Triumphant: SA swimmer Darien Townsend

Triumphant: SA swimmer Darien Townsend(SABC)

South African swimmer Darien Townsend continued to add to his medal tally in the 2012 FINA Swimming World Cup in Tokyo. Day one of the seventh leg saw Townsend take two medals, a gold in the men's 200 metres and a bronze in the 200 metre Individual Medley.


Townsend is proving to be one of the most outstanding swimmers of the series. The South African is sitting comfortably in the top five of world rankings at the moment, lying fourth place overall.


The updated 2012 FINA money list after the sixth stop in Beijing shows that Townsend has already won $18 750. He stamped his authority all over the men's 200 metres freestyle race. Continuing with his superb form, he had no problems clinching the gold in a time of 1:44.26.


Germany's Paul Biederman pushed hard to try and clip past the lone South African but finished a close second. Townsend also managed a podium finish with a bronze medal in the men's Individual Medley.


Japan's Daiya Seto came out tops in a time of 1:53.93 ahead of Laszilio Cseh. Townsend tied for third with Kenneth To of Australia, both recording a time of 1:54.63.


In the 100 metres freestyle, Townsend was not that lucky, losing out to a one-two and three Australian finish. He touched the wall in fourth place in a time of 47.63 seconds. The business end of the World Series will be in the final meet in Singapore.

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