Double world breaststroke record-holder Cameron van der Burgh bounced back to show glimpses of his best form as he set a World Cup record in the 50 metres breaststroke on the opening day of the two-day FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Moscow, Russia on Friday.
Van der Burgh, who was surprisingly beaten by sprinter Roland Schoeman in the 50m breaststroke event in the opening leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Durban last month, clocked 25.58 seconds to take the gold medal.
Schoeman, whose time in Durban of 25.90 had been the previous World Cup record, finished second in Moscow in 25.80, followed by SA team-mate Neil Versfeld (26.52).
Schoeman had his chance to climb to the top of the medal podium after taking gold in the 50m butterfly final in 22.30, with fellow SA Olympic swim star Lyndon Ferns placing third in 22.93.
In his more familiar 200m breaststroke discipline, Versfeld claimed the honours in 2:04.15. Durban-based teenage swim sensation Chad le Clos, winner of the 400m individual medley and 200m butterfly in the opening leg of the series in Durban, finished second in both the 200m butterfly (1:55.32) and 400m individual medley (4:06.41).
KwaZulu-Natal Olympic star Darian Townsend ended second in the 100 metres individual medley (52.09) while Cape Town’s Chanelle van Wyk placed fourth in the 50 metres backstroke final in 26.89.