Two bronze for India from swimming pool

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> India's poor show in the pool continued. The home swimmers could lay their hands on only 2 bronze medals in the inaugural Afro-Asian Games.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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India's poor show in the pool continued as the home swimmers could lay their hands on only two bronze medals in the aquatic events of the inaugural Afro-Asian Games here today. The medals were won by the relay teams on the third day of the competition which saw one-legged South African Natalie Dutoit hogging the limelight with her silver medal winning effort in the 800m freestyle. Natalie, whose leg was amputated from the knee following an accident in 2000, got a standing ovation when she finished her race in 9 min 17.92 seconds. The event was dominated by Africans with Shrone Austine of Seychelles claiming the gold with a timing of 9:16.46 and South Africa's Velia Janse Van R took the bronze (9:19.74). The bronze medals came in the two 4x100m relay free style events of the day. The quartet of Shikha Tondon, Lisa Mahanta, Remya V and Ambica Iyenger finished at 4:16.53, well behind gold medal winners Korea's Cho A Ra, Park Kyung Hwa, Shin Bo Mi Kim Mi Ryung (4:00.07) and Christine Zwiegers, Jackie Wellman, Ellen Hight, (4:04.02). The second bronze medal winning team - Senthil Kumar, Gairik Bardhan, Rajeev K and Benoy Sebastian - were quite slow in covering the distance but still got the medal as there were only teams in fray. They completed the race in 4:7.89 seconds, almost 20 seconds slower than Japanese swimmers, who claimed the gold medal. South Africa won the silver medal. (PTI)