AMEL MELIH WINS ALGERIA’S FIRST GOLD AT 12TH AFRICAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA, -- Algeria's Amel Melih has won the country's first medal at the 12th African Swimming Championships here when she triumphed in the women's 100 metres freestyle.

Melih, 23, clocked 58.28 second to win the blue riband event, ahead of two South Africans, Gabi Grobler (58.54s) and Samantha M Labuschagn (59.38s), in this capital of South Africa's Free State Province, on Sunday, the opening day of the championships.

In a later event, Rania Hamida Nefsi won the silver medal fr Algeria in the women's 400m medley in a time of 5:02.58. The gold was won by South Africa's Rebecca Meder (4:58.81), while Egyptian Rowaida Hesham (5:05.51) finished third.

Among the seven Algerian swimmers taking part in the championships, Lounis Khendriche finished fifth in the men's 200m freestyle in a time of 1:57.67. The gold was won by South Africa's Nyles Brown (1:50.93), the silver went to Egypt's Marwan Al Amrawy (1:51.60) and the bronze to Mozambique's Igor Mogne (1:51.92).

Source: Nam News Network