World record holder Cameron van der Burgh sped his way to the finals of the 100-metre breaststroke event on the opening day of the swimming programme at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona on Sunday night.
Van der Burgh’s semi-final time of 59.78 seconds saw him finish second overall tied with USA’s Kevin Cordes, who also finished in 59.78, while Australia’s Christian Sprenger took the top spot in 59.23.
The final of the 100m breaststroke will take place on Monday evening.
In the 400m freestyle final, Myles Brown finished sixth with a time of 3:48.40, while Roland Schoeman ended in an overall 10th position in the 50m butterfly semi-finals, clocking 23.25.
Earlier on in the week, Chad Ho came extremely close to a medal when he finished fourth in the 5km open water race in 53:33.70 and 8th in the 10km event with a time of 1:49:26.30.
In other open water results, Daniel Marais came 27th with a time of 53:51.00, while Kyna Pereira finished 25th in 57:30.80 in their respective 5km races, while Troyden Prinsloo finished in 51st place in the 10km swim and 28th in the 25km.
Monday’s action packed programme will see the ladies take to the water in Karin Prinsloo (100m backstroke) and Tara Nicholas (100m breaststroke).