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Monday, 01 August 2022 23:01

Pieter Coetze, Erin Gallagher grabs silver for Team South Africa.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

South African swimmer Pieter Coetze claimed his second Commonwealth Games medal in Birmingham as he took silver in the men's 50m backstroke final on Monday.  

Swimming in lane 4, Coetze touched the wall in 24.77 - 0.22 seconds behind Australia's Andrew Jeffcoat, who won gold in 24.55.

The 18-year-old South African won his second medal of the tournament after his gold medal in the 100m breaststroke this past weekend.

Shortly afterwards, South Africa's Erin Gallagher captured silver in the women's 50m butterfly final.

Gallagher swam a personal best as she touched the wall in 26.05 along with Australia's Holly Barratt, with Australia's Emma McKeon taking gold in 25.90.

Meanwhile Lara van Niekerk, Tatjana Schoenmaker and Kaylene Corbett have qualified for the women's 100m breaststroke final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Monday.

Schoenmaker won her semi-final as she stopped the clock in 1:06.43, while Corbett finished fourth in 1:07.96 to advance through to the final.

Teen star Niekerk won her semi-final in 1:05.96 to finish as the fastest qualifier heading into Tuesday's massive showdown final.