Cameron van der Burgh bettered his own world record in the 50 metres breaststroke as our swimmers continued to do the Rainbow Nation proud on the opening day of the two-day FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Berlin, Germany Saturday.
Van der Burgh, who also holds the 100m short course world record, took the gold medal and the US$10,000 per world record incentive courtesy of world aquatics body FINA, winning the 50m breaststroke in 25.25 secs. His previous world mark had stood at 25.43 set at the Telkom SA Short Course Championships held in Pietermaritzburg in August this year.
In the morning heats of the 200m breaststroke, Neil Versfeld clocked an African and meet record time of 2:02.56 ÔÇô faster than the 2:02.67 continental and FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup best set in Stockholm earlier in the week. Versfeld finished with the bronze in 2:04.35 in the evening final.
Roland Schoeman took silver behind Van der Burgh in 25.45 ÔÇô one of his two trips to the medal podium. He finished second in the 50m butterfly in 21.87 ÔÇô just outside the world record set by German Thomas Deibler (21.80). Schoeman’s evening effort was faster than the African and meet record of 22.08 clocked in the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup leg in Stockholm, Sweden earlier in the week.
Durban teenage swim sensation Chad le Clos produced the performance of his life in the 400m individual medley, in taking the gold medal in an African record time of 4:02.18 ÔÇô inside his continental mark of 4:04.19 set in Stockholm on Wednesday.
In the 200m butterfly heats, le Clos posted an African record time of 1:53.16 ÔÇô eclipsing his continental record of 1:54.13 set in Stockholm. He finished seventh in the evening final in 1:54.00.
In the 100m individual medley final, Gerhard Zandberg placed second in an African record time of 51.05, dipping inside Ryk Neethling’s African best of 51.52. Darian Townsend claimed the bronze medal in 51.80.
Lyndon Ferns took the bronze medal in the 100m freestyle in 46.03 while three-time Olympian Mandy Loots finished fifth in the 200m backstroke in a national record time of 2:05.09.