- Mokoka makes Marathon Majors debut in Tokyo
- Park’s 68 puts her two shots clear at SA Masters
- Banyana get right into training regime in Reunion
- Future speedsters strut their stuff at Green Point
- Garcia tames wind to share the lead at SA Women’s Masters
- Skhosana starts his 2017 season in France
- Birkett spearheads big field for Drak Challenge
- Olympian Barrow chooses SA over Australia
- Prinsloo starts 2017 with another payday
- Junior Bok star Davids gets Blitzboks call-up
Cameron’s world record
- Updated: July 28, 2009
Cameron van der Burgh destroyed the men’s 50 metres breaststroke world record in the FINA World Championship semi-finals in Rome on Tuesday night.
The Pretoria sensation swam 26.74 seconds to beat Felipe Franca da Silva’s May mark of 26.89.
Brazilian Da Silva qualified third for Wednesday’s final.┬áVan der Burgh had already broken the championship record in the morning heats.
A deluge of world records have been smashed at the Rome championships because of performance-enhancing polyurethane bodysuits, which governing body FINA will ban from 2010.
Records set in the hi-tech suits will stand, however.
In another evening final, saw SA’s University of Georgia-based Wendy Trott clock16:09.22 in the 1500 metres freestyle final, ending sixth.
Earlier in the day, Durbanite Chad le Clos narrowly missed out on a semi-final place in the 200 metres butterfly, finishing 17th fastest in 1:56.90. Le Clos, along with fellow Westville Boys High swim star Charl van Zyl (backstroke), and Rousseau, are three of the young talents that hold much promise for the future.
Thabang Moeketsane produced a solid 28.27, but the world standard is such that he ended 51st ┬á on the rankings in the morning’s 50 metres breaststroke heats.