Van der Burgh in sizzling form at SA Swim Champs

2009-08-10 00:00

THE South African breaststroke star, Cameron van der Burgh, was again in sizzling form in the Telkom SA National Short Course Championships at the G.C. Joliffe Swimming Pool in Pietermaritzburg last night.

Van der Burgh lowered his 100 m breaststroke world record time to 55,99 secs yesterday after breaking his own world 100 m breaststroke record on Saturday in a time of 56,39 secs.

And inside two hours on Saturday evening, Van der Burgh had broken his world records in the 50 m and 100 m breaststroke events

On Saturday, Van der Burgh took 0,51 secs off his 50 m breaststroke world record in a time of 25,43 secs before breaking his 100 m world record breaststroke mark.

Van der Burgh was the first person to have recorded a time of under 57 seconds in the 100 metres breaststroke and is now the first to dip under 56 seconds after a performance yesterday that had the crowd in the packed GC Joliffe indoor complex on its feet, roaring him on.

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

But another swimmer with superstar credentials was left to think what might have been.

Roland Schoeman’s full-body suit tore 25 minutes before the 50 m freestyle final and he had to hurry into another one — not an easy task. It wasn’t conducive to breaking the world record of 20,30 secs he had set in the round of eight on Saturday night.

Schoeman duly won the final in 20,85 secs from Gerhard Zandberg in 21,59 secs, but there was obvious disappointment.

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