SA’s Van der Burgh takes World Cup by storm in double record weekend

2008-11-09 00:00

Cameron van der Burgh added his name to the ever increasing list of South African swimmers to set world records with outstanding performances at the Fina/Arena World Cup that ended in Moscow last night.

Van der Burgh showed signs of nearing the world marks while competing at Kings Park in Durban last month, setting a new Africa and SA mark of 26,31 sec in the 50 metre breaststroke.

On Saturday, the talented breaststroker took the World Cup by storm with an amazing 26,08 sec dash over the 50 metres race to break the old world recod of 26,17 sec.

He then added yet another amazing swim in the 100 metre breaststroke last night, taking out the world record held by the legendary Ed Moses by 0,59 sec.

Van der Burgh will go down as the first swimmer ever to break 57 seconds, clocking 56,88 sec to win by well over a second..

The Pretoria-based star earned himself $10 000 for each record in the process and sets himself up in an excellent position to win a few performance prizes at the end as well.

City star Darian Townsend was certainly encouraged by his teammates success and also got among the action where he managed to earn a victory in the 100 metre individual medley in 53,97 sec on Saturday, after finishing fourth in the 100 metre freestyle in 47,54 sec.

Yesterday proved even better as Townsend opened with a victory in the 200 metre freestyle where he lead from the start to clock an excellent 1:43,44 — just 0,69 sec off the national mark held by Ryk Neethling.

The 200 metre individual medley saw another great battle between Tunisian Ousama Mellouli and Townsend.

The Seals swimmer again lead the race from the start only to see Mellouli pip him at the finish by 0,32 sec.

The Tunisian broke his own Africa record, while Townsend’s time of 1:55,42 broke the SA record by a massive 1,50 sec.

Van der Burgh’s world record double sparked off other excellent results for the South Africans.

Lyndon Ferns won the 50 metre freestyle in a fast 21,59 sec, while Mandy Loots took the silver in the 200 metre butterfly in 2:08,80.

These swimmers move on to Stockholm to continue their World Cup challenge, followed by Berlin a few days later.

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