List of African records in swimming

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The African records in swimming are the fastest times ever by a swimmer representing an African country. These records are ratified by CANA, the African Swimming Confederation (its acronym derives from its name in French: Confédération Africaine Natation). A "WR" immediately following a time indicates that it is the current world record for the event.

Men[edit]

Event Long course (50 m) Short course (25 m)
  freestyle
50 free 21.67[1]
Roland Schoeman ( South Africa)
2008 Olympics
August 16, 2008 / Beijing, China
2013 World Championships
August 2, 2013 / Barcelona, Spain
20.30 WR[2]
Roland Schoeman ( South Africa)
South African Short Course Championships (sf)
August 8, 2009 / Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
100 free 47.79
Lyndon Ferns ( South Africa)
World Championships
July 29, 2009 / Rome, Italy
46.00
Lyndon Ferns ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 10, 2009 / Stockholm, Sweden Sweden
200 free 1:45.67
Jean Basson ( South Africa)
World Championships
July 28, 2009 / Rome, Italy
1:40.89
Darian Townsend ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 15, 2009 / Berlin, Germany Germany
400 free 3:41.11
Oussama Mellouli ( Tunisia)
World Championships
July 26, 2009 / Rome, Italy
3:39.91
Ryk Neethling ( South Africa)
World Cup 2003-'04: Berlin
January 17, 2004 / Berlin, Germany
800 free 7:35.27
Oussama Mellouli ( Tunisia)
World Championships
July 29, 2009 / Rome, Italy
7:44.10
Ryk Neethling ( South Africa)
2000 Men's NCAA Division I Championships (split)
March 25, 2000 / Minneapolis, USA
1500 free 14:37.28
Oussama Mellouli ( Tunisia)
World Championships
August 2, 2009 / Rome, Italy
14:39.04
Ryk Neethling ( South Africa)
2000 Men's NCAA Division I Championships
March 25, 2000 / Minneapolis, USA
backstroke long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
50 back 24.34
Gerhard Zandberg ( South Africa)
World Championships 2009
August 24, 2009 / Rome, Italy
22.85
Gerhard Zandberg ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 15, 2009 / Berlin, Germany Germany
100 back 53.75
Gerhard Zandberg ( South Africa)
2008 Olympics
August 9, 2008 / Beijing, China
50.00
George Du Rand ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 10, 2009 / Stockholm, Sweden Sweden
200 back 1:55.75
George Du Rand ( South Africa)
World Championships
July 30, 2009 / Rome, Italy
1:47.08
George Du Rand ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 7, 2009 / Moscow, Russia Russia
breaststroke long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
50 breast 26.67 WR
Cameron van der Burgh ( South Africa)
World Championships
July 29, 2009 / Rome, Italy
25.25 WR
Cameron van der Burgh ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 14, 2009 / Berlin, Germany Germany
100 breast 58.46 WR
Cameron van der Burgh ( South Africa)
2012 Summer Olympics
July 29, 2012 / London, United Kingdom United Kingdom
55.61 WR
Cameron van der Burgh ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 15, 2009 / Berlin, Germany Germany
200 breast 2:09.61
Neil Versfeld ( South Africa)
World Championships
July 30, 2009 / Rome, Italy
2:02.56
Neil Versfeld ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 14, 2009 / Berlin, Germany Germany
butterfly long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
50 fly 22.90
Roland Schoeman ( South Africa)
World Championships
July 26, 2009 / Rome, Italy
21.87
Roland Schoeman ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 14, 2009 / Berlin, Germany Germany
100 fly 50.78
Jason Dunford ( Kenya)
World Championships
July 31, 2009 / Rome, Italy
48.82
Chad le Clos ( South Africa)
World Championships
December 13, 2012 / Istanbul, Turkey Turkey
200 fly 1:52.96
Chad le Clos ( South Africa)
Summer Olympics
July 31, 2012 / London, Great Britain United Kingdom
1:49.04 WR
Chad le Clos ( South Africa)
World Cup
7 August 2013 / Eindhoven, Netherlands Netherlands
individual medley long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
100 IM   not swum 51.05
Gerhard Zandberg ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 14, 2009 / Berlin, Germany Germany
200 IM 1:57.03
Darian Townsend ( South Africa)
2009 French Nationals
April 25, 2009 / Montpellier, France
1:51.55
Darian Townsend ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 14, 2009 / Berlin, Germany Germany
400 IM 4:10.53
Ous Mellouli ( Tunisia)
2009 Mediterranean Games
June 29, 2009 / Pescara, Italy
4:02.18
Chad le Clos ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 15, 2009 / Berlin, Germany Germany
relays long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
400 free relay 3:11.93
 South Africa
(L. Ferns, G. Moore,
  D. Townsend, R. Schoeman)
World Championships
July 26, 2009 / Rome, Italy
3:20.22
 South Africa
(J. Lawson, W.Bosman,
  J.Wilken, R.Schoeman)
Telkom SA Short Course Championships
July 31, 2003 / South Africa
800 free relay 7:08.01
 South Africa
(J. Basson, D.Townsend,
  J.A. Venter, S. Rousseau)
World Championships
July 31, 2009 / Rome, Italy
7:18.94
 South Africa
(J. Basson, F. Postma,
  T. Prinsloo, G. Du Rand)
2004 Short Course Worlds
October 8, 2004 / Indianapolis, USA
400 medley relay 3:31.53
 South Africa
(G. Du Rand, C. vd Burgh,
  L. Ferns, G. Moore)
World Championships
August 2, 2009 / Rome,Italy
3:35.77[3]
Players Academy-NT South Africa
South African Short Course Championships
August 10, 2009 / Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Women[edit]

Event Long course (50 m) Short course (25 m)
  freestyle
50 free 25.24
Lize-Mari Retief ( South Africa)
South African Nationals 2008
April 3, 2008 / Durban, South Africa
24.72
Lize-Mari Retief ( South Africa)
Vladimir International
December 19, 2007 / Cape Town, South Africa
100 free 54.48 [4]
Karin Prinsloo ( South Africa)
South African Swimming Championships
9 April 2014 / Durban, South Africa
53.96 [5]
Lize-Mari Retief ( South Africa)
Vladimir International
December 19, 2007 / Cape Town, South Africa
200 free 1:57.04[6]
Kirsty Coventry ( Zimbabwe)
2008 Texas Senior Circuit #4
June 7, 2008 / Austin, USA
1:56.78
Helene Muller ( South Africa)
2002 Short Course Worlds
April 7, 2002 / Moscow, Russia
400 free 4:08.38
Wendy Trott ( RSA)
2008 Olympics
August 9, 2008 / Beijing, China
4:03.50
Melissa Corfe ( South Africa)
2008 Short Course Worlds
April 11, 2008 / Manchester, UK United Kingdom
800 free 8:25.71 [4]
Wendy Trott ( South Africa)
49th International Swimming-Sette Colli-Roma Meet
14 June 2012 / Rome, Italy
8:22.05 [5]
Jessica Pengelly ( South Africa)
2011 FINA Swimming World Cup
November 4, 2011 / Singapore
1500 free 16:05.63 [4]
Wendy Trott ( South Africa)
World Championships
24 July 2011 / Shanghai, China
16:11.24 [5]
Jessica Pengelly ( South Africa)
2010 Telstra Australian Short Course
July 14, 2010 / Brisbane, Australia
backstroke long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
50 back 28.55
Chanelle van Wik ( South Africa)
South African Nationals 2009
April 16, 2009 / Durban, South Africa
26.85
Kirsty Coventry ( Zimbabwe)
2008 Short Course Worlds
April 13, 2008 / Manchester, UK United Kingdom
100 back 58.77
Kirsty Coventry ( Zimbabwe)
2008 Olympics
August 11, 2008 / Beijing, China
56.56
Chanelle Van Wyk ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 15, 2009 / Berlin, Germany Germany
200 back 2:04.81
Kirsty Coventry ( Zimbabwe)
World Championships
August 1, 2009 / Rome, Italy
2:00.91
Kirsty Coventry ( Zimbabwe)
2008 Short Course Worlds
April 11, 2008 / Manchester, UK United Kingdom
breaststroke long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
50 breast 30.83[2]
Penny Heyns ( South Africa)
1999 Pan Pacs
August 28, 1999 / Sydney, Australia
30.11
Achieng Ajulu-Bushell ( KEN)
British Short Course Grand Prix
August 6, 2009 / Leeds, England
100 breast 1:06.52[2]
Penny Heyns ( South Africa)
1999 Pan Pacs
August 23, 1999 / Sydney, Australia
1:05.36
Suzaan van Biljon ( South Africa)
2008 Short Course Worlds
April 11, 2008 / Manchester, UK United Kingdom
200 breast 2:23.21 [4]
Suzaan Van Biljon ( South Africa)
2012 Summer Olympics
25 July 2012 / London, Great Britain
2:18.73
Suzaan van Biljon ( South Africa)
2008 Short Course Worlds
April 13, 2008 / Manchester, UK United Kingdom
butterfly long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
50 fly 26.12[7]
Farida Osman ( Egypt)
2013 World Championships
August 2, 2013 / Barcelona, Spain
25.90
Lize-Mari Retief ( South Africa)
2007 World Cup: Belo Horizonte
November 25, 2007 / Belo Horizonte, Brazil
100 fly 58.20
Lize-Mari Retief ( South Africa)
2008 Olympics
August 9, 2008 / Beijing, China
56.52
Lize-Mari Retief ( South Africa)
Vladimir International
December 19, 2007 / Cape Town, South Africa
200 fly 2:09.41
Katheryn Meaklim ( South Africa)
2008 Olympics
August 12, 2008 / Beijing, China
2:04.24 [5]
Mandy Loots ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 21, 2009 / Singapore
individual medley long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
100 IM   not swum 59.77
Kirsty Coventry ( Zimbabwe)
2008 Short Course Worlds
April 11, 2008 / Manchester, UK United Kingdom
200 IM 2:08.59
Kirsty Coventry ( Zimbabwe)
2008 Olympics
August 13, 2008 / Beijing, China
2:06.13
Kirsty Coventry ( Zimbabwe)
2008 Short Course Worlds
April 12, 2008 / Manchester, UK United Kingdom
400 IM 4:29.89
Kirsty Coventry ( Zimbabwe)
2008 Olympics
August 9, 2008 / Beijing, China
4:22.88 [5]
Katheryn Meaklim ( South Africa)
World Cup
November 21, 2009 / Singapore
relays long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
400 free relay 3:47.70 [4]
 South Africa
(K. Prinsloo, L. Voster,
  JM Neethling, K Ferreira)
Telkom SA Nationals
15 April 2011 / South Africa
3:45.27
 South Africa
(M. Corfe-55.00, LM Retief-55.30,
 J. Pengelly-57.62, K. Meaklim-57.35)
2008 Short Course Worlds
April 12, 2008 / Manchester, UK United Kingdom
800 free relay 8:14.01 [4]
 South Africa
(L. Vorster, C L Lategan,
  E. Werth, B. Meyer)
2009 Summer Universiade
July 8, 2009 / Belgrade, Serbia
8:06.94
 South Africa
(L. Vorster, L. Roets,
 K. v Heerden, C. Lategan)
?
September 30, 2005 / ?
400 medley relay 4:03.62
 South Africa
(M. Corfe, S. v Biljon,
  A. Loots, LM Retief)
South African Nationals 2008
April 6, 2008 / Durban, South Africa
4:00.73
 South Africa
(M. Corfe-1:02.21, S. v Biljon-1:05.18,
 M. Loots-58.62, LM Retief-54.72)
2008 Short Course Worlds
April 11, 2008 / Manchester, UK United Kingdom

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roland Schoeman's 21.67 in the long-course 50 free at the 2005 World Championships was at the time the second fastest in history, behind the then-World Record held by Russia's Alexander Popov of 21.64.
  2. ^ a b c World Record when swum.
  3. ^ "Neil keeps the breaststroke records tumbling in Pietermaritzburg". Swimming South Africa. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Africa Long Course records". SWIMSA. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Africa Short Course records". SWIMSA. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry swam faster than the existing African Records in the long-course 200 and 400 frees at the Texas Senior Circuit #4 meet in June 2008 in Austin, Texas, USA. Results available at the link. These times appear to be pending approval.
  7. ^ "Swimming at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships – Women's 50 metre butterfly Results". Omega Timing. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 

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