TL;DR news on Lara van Niekerk at August 27, 2023
Van Niekerk clocked 29.80 seconds to qualify for the final. Behind van Niekerk, the field was incredible as well. This could indicate two things: either that South Africa was more focused on Commonwealth Games or that Van Niekerk is just simply better in shorter distances like the 50. She came close to bettering that when she won the British trials this April in 30.10secs, which makes her the second fastest swimmer in the Commonwealth this year, after South African Lara van Niekerk. Tatjana Schoenmaker, the Olympic gold medalist and world record holder in the 200, will race alongside Van Niekerk in the final after turning in a 30.94 for fifth overall seed. Defending silver medalist Sarah Vasey of England did not advance in 10th place at 31.47. While her batting at no.4 in the T20 format has worked recently, it must be remembered she was able to flourish because Lizelle Lee and Dane van Niekerk were giving the team quick starts.