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Vd Burgh’s 2nd record

Cameron van der Burgh led from the front with his second breaststroke world record within 24 hours at the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Berlin yesterday.

And he was backed up by a world best from Darian Townsend and a meeting record from Roland Schoeman.

Fresh from having bettered his 50 metres breaststroke world mark to 25.25 seconds on Saturday evening, Van der Burgh clocked 55.61 in the 100m breaststroke to dip under his world record of 55.99 set at the Telkom SA Short Course Championships held in Pietermaritzburg in August this year. Neil Versfeld took the bronze medal in 57.06.

Townsend continued his impressive form in the short course series, by not only setting a world record time of 1:51.55 in the 200m individual medley ÔÇô faster than the previous world best of 1:51.56 held by American Ryan Lochte but also beating American swim sensation Michael Phelps into second spot┬á (1:53.70) with Durban-based Chad le Clos ending third in 1:54.28.

Both Van der Burgh and Townsend will each receive US$ 10,000 from world aquatics body FINA for their world record achievements.

Schoeman, the world record-holder in the 50m freestyle set at the Telkom SA Short Course Championships earlier this year, showed fine form in the short sprint, clocking a meet record time of 20.57.

Gerhard Zandberg’s win in the 50m backstroke in an African record time of 22.85 was another special moment for the SA swim camp, as he held off a strong challenge from American world record-holder Peter Marshall, who ended second in 22.86.

In the 200m freestyle final, Townsend ended third in an African record time of 1:40.89, while Mandy Loots (silver in the 200m butterfly) and Chanelle van Wyk (bronze in the 100m backstroke in 56.56) also posted African records.

Russian Arkady Vyatchanin bettered George du Rand’s world record in the 200m backstroke, finishing in 1:46.11. Du Rand, whose world best had stood at 1:47.08, finished second in 1:48.05.

Garth Tune finished seventh in the 100m butterfly in 50.62 while Kathryn Meaklim ended ninth in the 400 metres individual medley in 4:39.21.