Coetzé disappointed with finals time

Henry

Pieter Coetzé could not build on his impressive semi-final performance and he had to settle for an eventual fifth place in the finals of the 100 m backstroke event at the World Championships in Doha.

The young Pretorian swam into the ropes a few times after the 50 m U-turn and this certainly had an influence on his usual strong finish.

He finished in a time of 53.51 seconds. The event was won by Hunter Armstrong (52.68) of the USA, while Hugo Gonzales (52.70) and Apostolos Christou (53.36) rounded out the podium places.

“There really isn’t much to say – I wasn’t exactly more on my nerves than before other runs. It was new for me to hit the ropes and I am disappointed with the outcome of the session,” said Coetzé.

If he had repeated his times in the qualifying rounds (53.32) and semi-final (53.07), he would have collected the bronze medal.

Meanwhile, Matthew Sates booked his place in the finals of the 200m butterfly after finishing fourth in his semi-final heat.

The 20-year-old swimmer impressed with his strong finishing effort after being seventh at one stage. He particularly turned on the speed taps over the final 50 m to close proceedings with a time of 1:55.88.

According to Sates, he did what he had to in the semi-final, but now his full attention is on the upcoming finals.

“It’s like what everyone says: If you have a job, you stand a chance. I will be in lane one and it feels good to be swimming under the South African flag. I will definitely give my very best.”