Another golden day in Delhi

08 October 2010 - 02:30 By JULIA FISH and Sapa

Thursday was South Africa's best day at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi: seven medals, including two golds. It brought the total for the week to 16.

As usual, swimmers were responsible for the biggest haul, and Natalie du Toit made it a "double" hat-trick. For the third Commonwealth Games in succession, she has won gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle. Her winning time in the longer race yesterday was 1min 02.36sec.

Chad le Clos won his second gold yesterday, leading from the front to win the 400m individual medley in a Games record.

The biggest surprise, however, came from 18-year-old Wendy Trott, who won silver in the demanding 800m freestyle, where she was competing against Olympic champion Rebecca Addington of England.

Addington said afterwards she had been suffering from "Delhi Belly", the notorious diarrhoea, the night before the race.She came into the race as the fastest over the distance this year, but had to fight all the way to keep Trott out.

Adlington won in 8:24.69, with Trott finishing second in 8:26.96. Bronze went to Melissa Gorman, of Australia.

Le Clos's haul is now four medals. Apart from his golds, he won bronzes with the team in the 4x200m and 4x100 freestyle relays. His first gold came in the 200m butterfly.

Yesterday Le Clos won the 400m IM in 4:13.25 with teammate Riaan Schoeman taking bronze after finishing second to England's Joe Roebuck.

Cameron van der Burgh, who won the 100m breaststroke on Wednesday, developed diarrhoea on the same day, but was the only person affected in the South African team. Nonetheless he qualified joint fastest for today's 50m breaststroke final in 27.86.

Gideon Louw and Graeme Moore, two swimmers from the 4x100m freestyle side that won bronze, finished fourth and seventh respectively in the 100m freestyle final.

Gymnast Jennifer Khwela was at first awarded fourth place in the vault, but after a review, she was awarded the silver.

Disabled athlete Samkeli Radebe won silver in the men's 100m, with David Roos finishing fourth.

The men's compound archery team beat Australia in the shootout for bronze. Nico Benade scored a perfect 10.