Chad le Clos and Erin Gallagher were the first swimmers to book their places for the FINA World Long-Course Championships on Monday evening.
The country’s top swimmers are in Durban for the South African Swimming Championships which also doubles up as the trials for the global showpiece.
Le Clos makes it six
He may not rate it as one of best swims but Le Clos still managed to book his place for his sixth World Long-Course Championships winning the 200m butterfly in a time of 1:56.21.
Le Clos’ time was just 0.50s faster than the required qualifying time of 1.56:71.
He shared the podium with 15-year-old Ethan du Preez, who clocked 1:58.24 for the silver medal.
Le Clos would be disappointed with his performance in the 100m freestyle despite winning the final in a time of 49.75 seconds with Ryan Coetzee touching second in 49.84.
The duo were the only swimmers to dip below 50 seconds but fell short of the qualifying mark of 48.80
Gallagher doing it for the girls
South African 100m freestyle record holder Gallagher set a qualifying time in the morning heats with a time of 54.33 seconds.
In the evening’s final, she went fractionally slower but still went faster than the required mark hitting the wall in 54.34.