SA swimmer beats his world records three times

2009-08-10 00:00

IN little more than two hours on Saturday evening Cameron van der Burgh broke his own world records in two different events — and yesterday evening he broke another.

Three world records in 24 hours had the full house at the Telkom SA National Short Course Championships at the G.C. Jolliffe Swimming Pool in Pietermaritzburg in full voice both on Saturday evening and last night.

On Saturday, Van der Burgh first took 0,51 secs off his own 50 m breaststroke world record in a time of 25,43 secs and then broke his own 100 m world record breaststroke mark with a time of 56,39 secs.

And yesterday he lowered his world 50 m breaststroke record time to 55,99.

“I was the first to go under 57 seconds and now I’m the first to go under 56 seconds,” Van der Burgh said.

“Dean Price [SA head coach at World Championships in Rome] said to me straight after the race that now I am a breaststroke legend.”

On Saturday, Van der Burgh felt he could have gone even faster in the 50 m breaststroke — and so it proved yesterday.

“I felt comfortable with my stroke and I didn’t break down, although I didn’t feel as strong as I could have,” Van der Burgh said.

Full report: page 20

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