Ackermann wins gold
WARWICK swimmer Max Ackermann won gold and bronze medals on Wednesday night at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.He won his first medal of the Youth Olympics when he swam 26.46 seconds for third in the 50 metre backstroke final. There was only .1 of a second between the placegetters. The winner, Christian Homer, of Trinidad and Tobago, swam 26.36 to win from the runner-up on 26.45. Ackermann was one of two swimmers with a time of 26.46, and both were presented with bronze medals. Less than half an hour later, Ackermann led off the Australian team in the four by 100m medley relay. He swam 56.99 seconds for the backstroke as Australia won gold with a time of three minutes, 42.50 seconds. France was second 1.34 seconds behind, and Germany third in 3:44.22. A feature of the Australia win was an outstanding 1:01.55 by Queensland breaststroke swimmer Nicholas Schafer who has been friends of Ackermann since they were 10 years of age. His parents, Evan and Katie and sister Elliese, have been watching the games and medal presentations live on the internet in Warwickand also the medal presentations. “We had a few friends over and did a lot of cheering on Wednesday night,” his familyshe said. “Max did an interview on television and said the medley relay was the one they really wanted. He is delighted with his performances and the 50 metre where he swam a personal best.” Ackermann swims in the 200m backstroke today FRI and flies out to Hawaii on Monday for the Junior Pan Pacific Games.