By Mark Etheridge
The first day finals of the FINA World Cup swimming may have been cancelled because of ‘high haze levels’ but SA’s Cameron van der Burgh would have been in high spirits after the second day.
The leader of the FINA/airweave rankings, Van der Burgh won the men’s 100-metre breaststroke in a time of 59.38 seconds after leading comfortably at the turn (28.14)
That put him comfortably ahead of American Kevin Cordes and China’s Li Xiang who touched in times of 1:00.81 and 1:01.03 respectively.
Pretoria’s Van der Burgh was one of three South Africans in action but the only swimmer to medal.
Michael Meyer swam the 200m individual medley and took fourth spot behind Russia’s Semen Makovich (2:01.77) in 2:03.23 and later went on to get fifth in a time of 2:05.44 for the 200m backstroke. Winner of that event was Yuki Shirai of Japan in 1:57.96.
The 100m butterfly saw the third South African in action and it was George du Rand who took eighth in 55.20. Masato Sakai of Japan was victorious in 53.53.
Saturday’s cancellation was caused by haze brought on by forest fires in Indonesia.
The three-hour PSI (Pollutant Standard Index) at 5pm on Saturday was 222 (Very Unhealthy), while the 24-hour PSI was 144-182, in the Unhealthy range.
Next up in the FINA/airweave World Cup is the Tokyo leg which will be contested on 28-29 October before heading from Doha, Qatar (2-3 November) and Dubai, UAE on 6-7 November.