Dune Coetzee won silver in the 200m butterfly becoming South Africa’s first female swimming medalist at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires on Monday evening.
Coetzee’s silver in the pool comes a day after Amber Schlebusch got South Africa on the medal’s table when she won the country’s first triathlon gold at the Youth Games on Sunday.
The 16-year-old Coetzee, who made her senior debut at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, looked set to claim the victory but ran out of steam over the final two laps of the race.
She was the fastest swimmer in her heat to advance to the final while eventual winner Hungary’s Blanca Berecz also won her morning heat setting up the tussle between the two swimmers.
Coetzee moved from fourth to first place turning at the halfway point but lost her grip over the last 100 metres of the final.
Berecz surged over the final two lengths of the race to claim victory in a time of 2:10.37.
Coetzee touched in second place in a time of 2:11.71 well ahead of the third-placed Michaela Ryan of Australia clocking 2:13.12.
South African flag bearer Michael Houlie could not live up to the promise he had shown in the 100m breaststroke heats and semi-finals.
The Bishops matric pupil set new Youth Olympic bests in both the 100m and the 50m breaststroke.
He posted a blistering 1:00.23 in the 100m breaststroke semi to book his place in the final as the fastest qualifier dipping well below the South African record for under-18s.
Houlie also clocked a Youth Olympics best in the 50m distance turning below the previous fastest mark in the semi-final posting a 27.44 seconds split.
Buoyed by his earlier swims, Houlie took the race out fast posting a 50-metre split of 27.43 seconds.
But his effort over the first half of the race proved to be costly as he faded over the final lap.
China’s Jiajun Sun took the spoils in a time of 1:00.59 while Houlie had to be content with fifth place clocking 1:01.70.