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Cameron, Chad into semi-finals

Olympic champions Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh breezed into the semi-finals of their respective events at the world championships in Barcelona on Tuesday.

Van der Burgh, the morning after winning silver in the 100m breaststroke, touched the wall in the 50m breaststroke heats in 26.78sec, only 0.11 off his world mark. World Student Games hero Giulio Zorzi was the seventh fastest overall in a personal best 27.37.

‘My shoulder flared up last night, I was feeling it a little,’ said Van der Burgh. ‘We treated it with needles. I felt pretty good. I have to save my best for the final (on Wednesday night).’

Le Clos was second-fastest in the 200m butterfly, which he won at the Olympics, winning his heat in 1min 56.21sec, which was slightly slower than American Tyler Clary in the previous heat.

‘That was good,’ said Le Clos. ‘It’s an open race. There are a lot of guys here who can go 1:55. I think we’ll have to go really hard tonight to make the final.’

Karin Prinsloo, still struggling with a groin injury that has plagued her since January, was unable to progress beyond the heats of the 200m freestyle.

Myles Brown, a finalist in the 400m freestyle, was unable to advance past the 800m freestyle heats.

Van der Burgh will swim at 6.18pm and Le Clos at 7.35pm (SA time).


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