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Cameron fastest qualifier

Cameron van der Burgh on Tuesday picked up where he had left off on Monday night with a World Championship meet record in the 50m breaststroke of the 13th FINA global showpiece in Rome.

Van der Burgh, who had surged to bronze in the 100m final the night before, stopped the clock at 26.92 seconds to establish himself as the favourite for the gold medal later in the programme.

Sebastien Rousseau, the 18-year-old Western Province swimmer, qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s 200m butterfly with an impressive 1min 54.51sec performance in the fastest heat of the morning, to sit in fourth position on the rankings going into the evening session.

Elsewhere, Jean Basson, who had finished fourth in last year’s Olympic 200m freestyle final, qualified for the final of the four-lap event, squeezing into the eighth allocated slot. Going out in the first heat Basson touched the wall in third spot, in 1min 45.82sec. The German Paul Biedermann stunned the opposition by timing fastest in 1:43.65, with Olympic superstar Michael Phelps third fastest overall in 1:45.23.


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