SUZAAN VAN BILJON
After women's swimming in South Africa experienced a bit of a dry spell since the glory days of Penny Heyns, it came as a pleasant surprise to see another promising breaststroker on the horizon. Suzaan van Biljon generally does not like to be compared to the double Olympic gold medalist but, considering that she swims the same events, the comparisons are inevitable. At the age of 19, Van Biljon has yet to compete at the Olympic Games, but she earned her place in Swimming South Africa's elite squad by reaching the finals of the 100m and 200m breaststroke at the 2005 World Championships. Two years later, at the World Championships in Melbourne, she reached the final of the 200m breast- stroke once again and just missed out on a medal, finishing in fourth place. Medal rostrums are not unfamiliar to the Pretoria teenager, however, having picked up three medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2004, a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games last year and a gold at the Pan-Pacific Championships later that same year.
LUNCH SPOT: Ocean Basket; Cappachinos