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Cameron races to world champs silver

Cameron van der Burgh added world championship silver to his Olympic 100m breaststroke gold when second in the final in Barcelona on Monday night.

Van der Burgh had to settle for the silver after being overhauled by the Australia he beat at London 2012, Christian Sprenger, in the final few strokes after leading from the blocks. Sprenger, the 27-year-old Australian, touched in 58.79 seconds, with Van der Burgh a clear second in 58.97.

The winner’s time was still some 0.33 seconds off the world record mark set by Van der Burgh in that sensational gold-medal winning effort a year ago. However, the South African went one better than the bronze he picked up at the 2011 world championships and said afterwards that Monday’s result had given him even more motivation to successfully defend his title at the next Olympics in Rio in 2016.


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