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Double delight for Team SA
- Updated: October 8, 2010
Chris Harmse saved the best for last to win the hammer throw title at the Commonwealth Games for the country’s seventh gold after Cameron van der Burgh also took gold in the pool.
Thirty-seven-year-old Harmse let out a scream of delight after hurling the hammer 73.15 metres to snatch the gold with his last throw.
Earlier, Van der Burgh did the breaststroke double at the CWG, taking gold in the 50 metres dash.
Van der Burgh, the world record holder in the event, won South Africa’s sixth gold at the Games, increased swimming’s medal count to 11 and Team South Africa’s to 17. It was Van der Burgh’s second gold in Delhi after he also set a Games record in winning the 100m breaststroke earlier in the week.
Gideon Louw (quickest time) and Roland Schoeman (fifth fastest) qualified for Saturday’s men’s 50m freestyle but that was as good as it got for South Africa in the pool with Wendy Trott having to be content with seventh in the women’s 400m freestyle and the men’s 200m individual medley proving the biggest disappointment of the day.
South Africa’s Chad le Clos, Sebastien Rousseau and Darian Townsend qualified but Townsend and le Clos placed outside the medals in fourth and fifth and Rousseau’s disappointing Games continued with a seventh place finish.