Van der Burgh through to semi-finals

2011-07-26 07:24

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh today continued to be the standout swimmer for his country, as he comfortably qualified for the semi-finals of the 50m breaststroke at the world swimming championships in Shanghai.

The 23-year-old, who won a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke yesterday, is the defending champion and world record holder over the 50m – a distance he prefers.

Brazilian Felipe franca da Silva recorded the fastest time with 27.19 seconds.Also through today’s semi-finals was butterfly swimmer Chad le Clos, who managed the seventh-fastest time in the 200m in one minute 56.37 seconds.

Sebastien Rousseau just failed to qualify as he recorded the 17th-fastest time – one place off the top 16 who advance.

The 20-year-old swam a time of 1:57.15.

Austrian Dinko Jukic had the fastest time, with US super star Michael Phelps, who is swimming in the final of the 200m freestyle this evening and will be facing compatriot Ryan Lochte, looking very beatable as he advanced to the semi-finals with the 11th-fastest time.

“I just wanted to make it back and that’s all I really needed to do. The most important thing is going to be the first event tonight. If I’m able to come up for that and set up something good for a final tomorrow, that’s all I can really ask for,” Phelps said.

Karin Prinsloo managed to better her personal best in the 200m freestyle by 1.37 seconds, finishing in a time of one minute 59.52 seconds.

Her time, however, was not good enough to advance to the semi-finals.

Also eliminated in the heats were South African long-distance pool swimmers Heerden Herman and Mark Randall in the men’s 800m freestyle.

Herman recorded eight minutes 1.79 seconds, while Randall was just 0.66 seconds slower.

China’s Yang Sun was fastest in the heats with a time of 7:45.29.

The finals of the men’s 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke as well as the women’s 100m backstroke, 1 500m freestyle and 100m breaststroke are to be swum today.

In the water polo competition, the men’s team finished last after losing their play-off game against the hosts China 9-4 this morning.

The women’s team finished 15th as they won their play-off against Uzbekistan 6-5.

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