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Thursday, 26 August 2010 12:58

Olympic Medal For Murray!



Murray McDougall from Kearsney College returns home this weekend after winning a bronze medal at the Youth Olympics in Singapore. He made the finals in all events and clocked some of his fastest times, placing thirdMurray_McDougall_swimming_-_Copy in the 100m relay, to win Kearsney's first ever medal at the Youth Olympics.  He also came 5th in the 50m backstroke, 7th in the 100m fly and 6th in the 100m boys' medley relay.

Murray has remained in Singapore for the week to watch other sports and participate in some organized programmes aimed at inter-cultural events, said his father, Craig McDougall. "Team South Africa took 70 athletes to the Games, of which eight were swimmers," Mr McDougall said.  "The boys' team fared exceptionally well, even against powerhouse teams like Russia, China, Hungary, America and Australia."

South Africa's boys' swim team consisted of Murray, Chad le Clos from Westville Boys' High, with Pierre Kuhn and Dylan Bosch, both from Gauteng. A Grade 11 learner at Kearsney, Murray was selected to swim in the Youth Olympics earlier in the year following his incredible 100m backstroke race when he won gold and a new South African age group record.

Murray's father said during the July holidays, the selected team was taken on a four week training camp to Barcelona and Slovenia, which was of great benefit. Murray's successes go a long way to add to the list of achievements Kearsney swimming has enjoyed over the past few years.

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