SA’s swim star sets sights on $100 000 prize

2008-11-14 00:00

WORLD record-breaking swim star Cameron van Burgh will be joined by 2004 Olympic 4x100 metre freestyle relay gold medallists Darian Townsend and Lyndon Ferns and SA swimming’s new golden girl, Kathryn Meaklim, on their final leg of a successful Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup in Berlin today and tomorrow.

Van der Burgh, who broke the world records in the 50 and 100 metre breaststroke in 25,94 sec and 56,88 sec, will aim to repeat his double feat once again, but is likely to keep his eye on the overall Best Performance prize, of $100 000, where he is leading.

The world record-breaking performances are worth $10 000 each and gold medals on the seven-leg Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup circuit worth $1 500 each. The second and third-placed swimmers on the men’s and women’s rankings at the completion of the series will each collect $50 000 and $30 000.

Durbanite Meaklim is also on track for the top three overall after claiming 16 gold medals already, including a World Cup record (4:27,21) set in the 400 metre individual medley in Stockholm this week. She is currently placed third on the women’s ranking and will compete in the 800 metre freestyle, 200 and 400 metre individual medley, 200 metre butterfly and 200 metre breaststroke.

Townsend set a new Africa and SA mark of 1:54,96 in the 200 metre IM this week and will tackle the 100 and 200 metre freestyle, and 100 and 200 metre IM. Ferns will compete in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle and the 50 and 100 metre butterfly.

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