Alaric Basson Takes 100m Backstroke Gold at African Games

After taking silver at the South African Championships earlier this year, Alaric Basson has gone one step further by becoming Africa’s best 100m Breaststroke swimmer.

The 23 year old Alaric took the gold on Thursday at this year’s African Games in Morocco, with a time of 1:00.96 seconds.

Earlier in the day, he also dominated in the heats, swimming the fastest time of 1:01.56 seconds and of course, significantly improving on that time in the finals.

Coming in a distant second with a time of 1:01.52 seconds, was Youssef Elkamash from Egypt, followed by South Africa’s Michael Houlie with a bronze winning time of 1:01.55 seconds.

On Wednesday, Michael had beaten Youssef to the gold medal in the 50m breaststroke.

Alaric’s African Games time is a massive improvement from his time of 1:01.95 seconds at the South African Champs.

This improvement is a personal best and is an indication that he is determined to make his mark at the next Olympics Games.

Also at the South African Champs, Alaric won first place gold and second place silver in the 200m and 50m breaststroke, respectively.

His next challenge will be to prove himself in the 200m breaststroke heats, which is scheduled for Friday.