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Cameron & Co win more medals
- Updated: October 12, 2010
The Commonwealth Games in India haven’t even been put to bed but our swimmers are winning more medals!
On Tuesday they made merry on the first day of the FINA/Arena World Cup Series in Beijing, China with a haul of six medals (four golds, one silver and a bronze).
World record-holder Cameron van der Burgh once again collected the gold medal in the 50m breaststroke in a time of 26.36sec with teammate Roland Schoeman coming a close second in 26.54. Brazil’s Henrique Barbosa ended with the bronze in 27.10.
Touching the wall a mere 0.01sec ahead of Steffen Deibler from Germany, Lyndon Ferns also made his way to the medal podium with the gold in the 100m freestyle. Ferns clocked 47.70 while Deibler’s time was 47.71. To finish off the standings, Darian Townsend bagged the bronze medal in 47.92.
In the 100m individual medley, Townsend’s fast start was too much for Russia’s Sergey Fesikov. Townsend secured his spot at the top of the podium by clocking a golden 53.27, Fesikov ended with silver in 53.80 and China’s Zishan Zhang took third with 54.27.
In the final race of the evening, Schoeman took South Africa’s fourth gold medal of the night in the 50m butterfly. Speeding ahead of Germany’s Deibler (23.01), Schoeman clocked a fast 22.72 with the bronze medal going to Kohei Kawamoto from Japan in 23.11.
The Beijing leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup concludes on Wednesday, following which the swimmers move to Singapore for the next event at the weekend.