Cameron gets gold | SASCOC - SASCOC

Cameron gets gold

By Mark Etheridge

Team South Africa’s swimmers have moved on to the next step of their 2012 Olympic Games preparations and are currently competing in the prestigious Sette Colli Championships in Rome, Italy.

And the team’s golden streak continued on Thursday night as Cameron van der Burgh won the 100-metre breaststroke final in style.

The Pretoria swimmer touched in 1min 00.39sec, a championships record. At the Barcelona leg of the recently completed Mare Nostrum Series he had gone under the one-minute barrier with a swim of 59.73.

Left trailing in the 50m world record holder’s wake was the host nation’s Fabio Scozzoli in 1:00.43 with France’s Giacom Perez Dortona third in 1:00.88.

There was also a win for versatile Chad le Clos when he won the 100m butterfly final in 52.51sec. The Durban youngster beat Jason Dunford of Kenya and Pole Konrad Czerniak into the other podium positions with times of 52.65 and 52.72 respectively in a blanket finish where the top seven touched within 0.50sec.

Then Cape Town’s US based Wendy Trott had her best 400m freestyle time of the season with a 4:10.10 finish that earned her fifth behind Italian Federica Pellegrini (4:06.03).

Another SA results saw breaststroker Suzaan van Biljon take fifth spot in the 100m B final with a time of 1:09.93.

The South African contingent went into Sette Colli with a successful Mare Nostrum series under their belt. The team won 19 medals during the three-race series (10 gold, five silver and four bronze).

After Sunday’s final day the team will go into a training camp in Pescara, also Italy, for three weeks where they will be joined by other South African swimmers before the final pre-Olympic camp in Monaco on 8-22 July, a camp made possible by generosity of former Olympic swimmer, Princess Charlene Wittstock.