The 52nd edition of the Geneva International Challenge Meet is set for this weekend, with several key international swimmers set to compete. Last year’s meet saw a large French contingency take on the multi-national competition, while this year’s will play host to several Club des swimmers of Marseille (CNM) athletes. Mehdy Metella, Melanie Henique, Clement Mignon and Oussama Sahnoune are just a few of the French contenders vying for meet titles across the 3-day affair.

Sahnoune, who represents Algeria internationally, had a particularly good 2018, having won the 100m freestyle gold medal at the Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Spain. The 26-year-old earned a time of 48.00 to notch a new Algerian National Record, while also taking silver in the 50m free in 21.96.

Youth Olympic Games breakout star Thomas Ceccon of Italy will make his presence known in Geneva on multiple occasion, having entered in the 50m/100m free, 100m fly, 200m IM and 100m back. Ceccon ranks as the top seed in both the 100m back and 50m free.

In Buenos Aires last year, soon-to-be-18-year-old Ceccon captured 5 medals, including individual 50m free gold.

Another young Italian in Northwestern University-bound Federico Burdisso is also listed as competing this weekend, taking on the 50m/100m/200m fly, 50m/100m free and 200m IM.

Swiss athlete Jeremy Desplanches will lead the men’s 200m IM field and is also set to contest the 200m back.

A small Scottish contingency is also set to take the stage, with Kathryn Goodburn, Jasmin Smith, Ellie Reilly and Rosie Morgan among the women and Ryan Robertson, Iain Lovie, Stephen Clegg and Mark Ford among the men. All are members of either Scottish Swimming’s National Senior Squad or National Youth Squad.

Although Italian standout Simona Quadarella was listed on the meet’s promotional material, the 20-year-old is absent from the start lists published on the meet’s site.


Sports: Ricardo overjoyed to represent SA youth team

By Sabelo Mashego

The games have, in the past years, seen the development of Olympic champions Caster Semenya and 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk.

Atlasville swimmer Ricardo Di Domenico has been selected to represent the South African Youth team to feature at the eighth edition of the Africa Union Sports Council Region 5 u-20 Games, previously known as the Zone VI Games, to be held between December 7 and 16 in Botswana.

SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) recently named the 220-strong member unit from nine sporting codes made up of athletics (including visually impaired), basketball, boxing, football, judo, netball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

Among the selected athletes included swimmer di Domenico’s whose feeling, he said, left him overjoyed.

“The team sheet got sent out on November 14. I was extremely happy and overwhelmed to see I was selected. Prior to this, I had never represented South Africa. I’m excited to finally wear the famous green cap of South Africa,” he said.

According to di Domenico, the selection process is anonymous. Sascoc follows swimmers at galas.

He performed in the South African National Championships in Durban in August and in Port Elizabeth in April where he swam personal best times.

The St Benedict’s College graduate swam the 50m butterfly long course (LC) in 25 seconds, 200m freestyle short course (SC) in 1:50:18, 100m freestyle SC in 51:88 and 100 butterfly LC in 56:25.

His short course times were set in August while his long course times in April.

South Africa has in previous years dominated the games between the Region 5 countries which include Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.

The games, which are held biennial on a rotational basis, were last held in Angola in 2016. Team South Africa did the country proud by retaining the first position on the medals table, bringing home a total of 123 medals.

Source – Boksburgadvertiser