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Coetze looks back on decorated debut games – SABC Sport

Teenage swimming sensation Pieter Coetze is enjoying the memorable Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where he won three medals.

The 18-year-old Year 11 student at Cornwall Hill College, Centurion, clinched a gold medal in the 100m backstroke final in 53.78 seconds before claiming a silver medal in the 50m backstroke final in 24, Added 77 seconds.

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On Tuesday he completed a full set of Commonwealth Games medals when he added bronze in the 200m backstroke final in 1:56.77 – just 0.37 seconds behind winner and gold medalist Brodie Williams of England.

“I definitely quit a bit late, although I’m happy to get a medal and put in a PB [personal best]’ Coetze told Team SA reporter Gary Lemke in Birmingham.

“I came to the Games, which was my first big one after my Olympics debut last year, with the aim of doing my best and getting close to my PBs. I did that so I’m very happy and grateful for the medals.

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“But I would have liked to have driven even faster [coach] Rocco [Meiring] said that these big games aren’t about times, it’s about winning medals and making the country proud… I hope I did that.

“Being part of Team SA was great, I learned from them every day in training. Most of them have been here on this stage before. Paris 2024 is the focus and everything else is a springboard. I’ll go home and see what Rocco and I can do to get Olympic gold again in 2024.”

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Coetze looks back on decorated debut games – SABC Sport

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