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Cameron’s world record

Cameron van der Burgh destroyed the men’s 50 metres breaststroke world record in the FINA World Championship semi-finals in Rome on Tuesday night.

The Pretoria sensation swam 26.74 seconds to beat Felipe Franca da Silva’s May mark of 26.89.

Brazilian Da Silva qualified third for Wednesday’s final.┬áVan der Burgh had already broken the championship record in the morning heats.

A deluge of world records have been smashed at the Rome championships because of performance-enhancing polyurethane bodysuits, which governing body FINA will ban from 2010.

Records set in the hi-tech suits will stand, however.

In another evening final, saw SA’s University of Georgia-based Wendy Trott clock16:09.22 in the 1500 metres freestyle final, ending sixth.

Earlier in the day, Durbanite Chad le Clos narrowly missed out on a semi-final place in the 200 metres butterfly, finishing 17th fastest in 1:56.90. Le Clos, along with fellow Westville Boys High swim star Charl van Zyl (backstroke), and Rousseau, are three of the young talents that hold much promise for the future.

Thabang Moeketsane produced a solid 28.27, but the world standard is such that he ended 51st ┬á on the rankings in the morning’s 50 metres breaststroke heats.