Pieter shows off in the pool


South Africa’s Pieter Coetzé is definitely getting his feathers ready for an Olympic gold later this year in the pool.

The 19-year-old Pretorian qualified for tonight’s finals of the 100 m backstroke event in the World Championships in Doha after completing his semi-final in a time of 53.07 seconds.

It was the second-fastest qualifying time after Hunter Armstrong of the USA’s 53.04 second effort.

“I feel good and I am very pleased to be back in the final again,” said Coetzé.

The young swimmer believes that he does not want to worry too much about things in the run-up to the gold medal fight; he just wants to concentrate on his strengths.

Coetzé already boasts an impressive record on the international stage.

Among other things, he tasted gold at the Junior World Championship and he also impressed at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where he particularly shone with his remarkable finishing efforts.

The icing on the cake in Birmingham was of course his brilliant performance in the 100m backstroke event when he lunged forward with all his might to snatch the gold medal from Brodie Williams’ nose.

In the 200 m backstroke event, he surprised friend and foe to advance from sixth place to the bronze medal winner over the final 50 m.

He said shortly after his solid Commonwealth performances that he was aiming for Olympic gold. And he is definitely still on track to realize this dream.

  • The backstroke finals start tonight at 18:59 and the action will be broadcast live on SuperSport.