SA swimming star sets new records

2007-11-20 00:00

Johannesburg - Swimming sensation Cameron van der Burgh enhanced his status as the premier breaststroke swimmer on the African continent, as he powered his way to two new continental records at the Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup held in Berlin, Germany at the weekend.

Van der Burgh won both the 50 and 100 metres breaststroke finals in new African marks of 26,88 and 58,70 seconds respectively, to

collect $1 500 per gold medal for his efforts.

Pretoria-based Van der Burgh now occupies the top spot in both disciplines on the world short course rankings, with the fastest time of the 100 metres breaststroke shared between himself and Norwegian Alexander Oen Dale.

Roland Schoeman (21,39 in the 50 metres freestyle final), Gerhard Zandberg (52,45 in the 100 metres individual medley final) and Amanda Loots (57,79 in the 100 metres butterfly final) all collected $1000 for claiming silver medals in their events.

Schoeman cashed in further in finishing third in the 100 metres freestyle (47,20) and 100 metres individual medley (53,26).

Zandberg made a further visit to the medal podium after finishing third in the 50 metres backstroke in 23,67 equalling his continental mark, while Loots collected bronze in the 200 metres individual medley in 2:11,95. Each of the bronze medals was worth $500.

Zandberg is the top ranked South African on the Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup standings, occupying fifth place with 53 points. Schoeman is in sixth spot with 38 points. American Randall Bal heads the table on 136 points.

The last event of the seven-leg Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup will take place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil from November 24 to 25.

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