Of Speedos and six-packs


Chad Le Clos will headline the meet this weekend. The teenager has set the swimming world alight over the past 18 months. This picture was taken after he returned from the World Champs last year. PICTURE: S'BONELO NGCOBO / INL

It will be a mass of splashing, speed, six-packs and Speedos in Durban for the SA International Invitational Swimming Meet on Saturday and Sunday. Loads of top swimmers will be taking part in the two-day event, which kicks off with heats at 9.30am at the King’s Park Swimming Pool.

I would encourage Durbanites to head down to the pool and support our men and women. This has been accepted as an official Olympic qualifying event (for most events, anyway) and has been fully sanctioned by FINA, so you would expect the swimmers to be trying their best.

Here’s the schedule of events, as per a circular sent out by Swimming SA:


  • 800m Freestyle Women
  • 100m Freestyle Men
  • 200m Freestyle Women
  • 50m Breaststroke Men*
  • 100m Breaststroke Women
  • 400m IM Men
  • 100m Butterfly Women
  • 100m Backstroke Men
  • 50m Backstroke Women *
  • 200m Butterfly Men
  • 200m IM Women
  • 400m Freestyle Men
  • 50m Freestyle Women
  • 200m Breaststroke Men
  • 200m Backstroke Women
  • 50m Butterfly Men*


  • 1500m Freestyle Men
  • 100m Freestyle Women
  • 200m Freestyle Men
  • 50m Breaststroke Women*
  • 100m Breaststroke Men
  • 400m IM Women
  • 100m Butterfly Men
  • 100m Backstroke Women
  • 50m Backstroke Men*
  • 200m Butterfly Women
  • 200m IM Men
  • 400m Freestyle Women
  • 50m Freestyle Men
  • 200m Breaststroke Women
  • 200m Backstroke Men
  • 50m Butterfly Women*

* Non-Olympic event

Below I’ve attached a pdf with information on the event. This was taken directly from Swim SA’s website, where it is available for download. Check out www.swimsa.org for a full list of events across the various aquatic codes.



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