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Golden boys Chad, Cameron win at Worlds
- Updated: July 31, 2013
Olympic gold medallists Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh both grabbed gold medals at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday.
First Le Clos won gold, South Africa’s first at the championships, when he won the 200-metre butterfly final.
He clocked 1min 54.32sec to hold of Polan’s Pawel Korzeniowski and China’s Wu Peng.
“It is the first time I have won a world title so it is a landmark moment for me,” beamed Le Clos.
“Also, I wanted to win this title to mark the anniversary of my Olympic title a year on.”
The result now means Le Clos holds both the Olympic and world titles in the same event as he fills the void left by Michael Phelps, the man he beat to gold in London last year.
Meanwhile Van der Burgh stroked his way to gold in the 50m breaststroke and he was joined on the podium by Pretoria training partner Giulio Zorzi who got the bronze .
Van der Burgh and Zorzi were the quickest out of their blocks as Australia’s Christian Sprenger tried to spoil the South Africans’ party after already winning Monday’s 100m breaststroke final ahead of Van der Burgh.
However, Van der Burgh hung on to touch in a time of 26.77sec, 0.10sec outside the world record he set in Rome in 2009, and just 0.01sec ahead of Sprenger (26.78), with Zorzi finishing in a time of 27.04.
The result has lifted South Africa’s medal tally at the world championships to four (two golds, one silver, one bronze) after Van der Burgh’s 100m breaststroke silver.