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All Africa Games - Day 4

Sep 16, 1999  - Neville Smith

Heyns Takes Gold In 100

Double Olympic champion and multiple world record holder, Penny Heyns (Toti) outclassed the field to win the All Africa Games gold in the women's 100m breaststroke at the Ellis Park Aquatic Complex in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The triple world record holder clocked a cool 1:07.58 sec - just outside the 1:06.52 world mark she set at the Pan Pacific Championships in Sydney last month.

Heyns, who has successfully defended the 100m and 200m titles she won at the previous Games in Harare in 1995, was followed home by compatriot Ziada Jardine (Vineyards) (1:15.31) and Lauren Harvey of Zimbabwe (1:18.05).

For 14-year-old Jardine, the silver medal marks her first international triumph since being included in the South African team as a development swimmer a year ago.

Earlier, South Africa also claimed gold-silver finishes in the individual races. Durbanite Terence Parkin (Seagulls) who is deaf and the "Gauteng Flyer" Mandy Loots (Dolphins), already the men's and women's 400m individual medley titleholders, set Games records as they claimed their second gold medals of the competition.

Pan Pacifics bronze medallist Parkin easily took the 200m breaststroke, racing the four laps in a speedy 2:16.29.  Greg Owen (Mustangs) (2:21.14) was second and Ayman Khattab of Egypt (2:26.98) third.

Loots had no difficulty winning the women's 100m butterfly, touching in 1:01.32. Candice Crafford (Seagulls) (1:03.64) won silver and Zimbabwean Teresa Moodie (1:05.18) bronze. And Free Stater Ryno Markgraaff (Bloemfontien Seals), who trains with triple Pan Pacs medallist Ryk Neethling at the University of Arizona in Tuscon, won the men's 400m freestyle in 4:06.93. James Willcox (Tygerburg) (4:08.00) was second and Glen Walshaw of Zimbabwe (4:09.65) third.