South Africa will have at least three chances of winning medals in the pool on Friday after Chad le Clos, Ryan Coetzee and Tatjana Schoenmaker qualified for finals on the first day of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.
This is how they progressed.
Chad le Clos
The South African swimming sensation could start his record-breaking medal harvest on Friday after qualifying for the 50m butterfly final.
Le Clos posted the second fastest time of the heats, clocking 23.53 seconds after finishing second behind Englishman Ben Proud, who was disqualified.
The fly guy cruised through to the final in his semi later in the day when he posted an identical time in his heat.
He could have a chock-a-block Friday starting with the 200m freestyle heats, while he could possibly feature in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
If everything goes according to plan Le Clos could be competing for three medals in the afternoon in the 50m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle relay finals.
Coetzee made a promising start at his maiden Commonwealth Games, winning his heat in 23.94, which was the third fastest qualifying time into the semi-finals.
He touched second behind training partner Le Clos in their semi-final, posting a new personal best of 23.79 for a shot at a medal in the final.
Top female swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker enjoyed a flying debut at the Games, securing her place in Friday’s 50m breaststroke final.
She shaved 0.52 seconds off her entry time to march into the semi-final as the third fastest qualifier, touching the wall in 30.92.
Schoenmaker’s semi-final time was slightly slower than in the morning heats when she clocked 31.01.