Teenager Pieter Coetzé wins trio of gold medals in Doha, placing South Africa in top 3 – SAPeople

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Teenager Pieter Coetzé wins the trio of gold medals in Doha, lifting South Africa to the top 3. Photo: TeamSA

Pieter Coetzé announced himself in style on the FINA World Cup stage, taking a clear victory on the back in stage three in Doha this weekend.

The first was the 200m backstroke. Coetzé took the win in 1: 52.09 before doing the same a day later in the 50m event, winning in 23.13.

The 17-year-old then rounded out the gold trio with a victory in the 100m backstroke in 50.86, edging the highly decorated American Tom Shields. All three races featured three South Africans in the final.

“I’m very happy with my performance for where I’m at since I wasn’t going to compete in the World Cup and it was kind of a last minute decision to come and run,” Coetzé said by the following.

“Thanks to FINA for a really well organized gala and a lot of fun with my SA teammates.

“I’m happy with all my time for where I am in the season and on the moon to get my first three international medals. It was special to get the triple in all three backstroke events, and I will definitely be competing in more events in the future.

“I’m really excited for the future of swimming in South Africa too, things are looking very good. Thanks to Wayne [Riddin] and the SA team for the nice trip and the support. Unfortunately, I couldn’t have coach Rocco [Meiring] join me this time, but luckily I was able to talk to him on the phone and he was a great help throughout the meeting, ”Coetzé added.

Matt Sates wins two gold and two silver in Doha

His compatriot Matt Sates – who is also from Pietermaritzburg – continued his fine form, winning two gold and two silver in the capital of Qatar.

The Maritzburg swimmer won a third straight title in the 200m individual medley, beating Lithuanian Danas Rapšys in 1: 52.32 and won another gold, again ahead of world champion Rapšys, in the 400 m freestyle in 3: 38.64.

Speaking after his victory in the 200m individual medley, Sats said: “I tried to change the pace of the race, we are still trying to figure out exactly how to swim it, but it was good, I won. gold.

“Obviously I’m a little tired, but I really enjoyed swimming the World Cups and kudos to FINA for putting everything in place. I couldn’t be more grateful for this.

Sates was edged out in the 100m individual medley by the man whose junior world record he broke in the 200m IM a few weeks ago, the Japanese Daiya Seto. Seto won in 51.56 while Sates hit a PB of 51.74.

In the 200 freestyle, 18-year-old South Korean Sunwoo Hyang won in the final meters to win gold in 1: 41.17 over the South African in 1:41. , 33.

Matt Sates tops the World Cup standings

Following Sates’ booty, he still leads the overall World Cup standings with one leg to go. It takes place in Kazan, Russia, October 28-30.

Meanwhile, also claiming two silver medals in Doha has been Emilie Visagie. She finished second behind six-time Russian world champion Yuliya Efimova in the 100m breaststroke (1: 06.92) and 200m breaststroke (2: 23.20).

The South African team finished third in the medal table in Doha behind the Netherlands and Australia.

Source: SA team


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