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Silver for Van der Burgh in 100m breaststroke final
- Updated: August 3, 2015
Cameron van der Burgh claimed South Africa’s second medal of the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Monday as he won silver in the 100-metre breaststroke final.
Chad Ho had won Mzantsi’s first medal of the champs, when he won gold in the 5km open water swim last Saturday.
Pretoria’s Van der Burgh was in the lead at the half way mark, touching the wall in a fast 26.79sec, but slowed down as Britain’s Adam Peaty came hard from behind.
Van der Burgh got second in 58.59 as Peaty clocked 58.52 and third-placed Ross Murdoch 59.09 respectively.
‘I am very happy with the swim and I am proud that I laid it all on the line tonight’ said 27-year-old Van der Burgh soon after his incredible achievement.
‘I went out a little too fast but at the end of the day, I am very excited to be swimming fast again, swimming good times and enjoying the sport. In looking towards Rio 2016, I am very motivated and will use this as ammunition to train hard throughout the year,’ concluded Van der Burgh.
In the 200m freestyle semi-finals, Chad le Clos secured himself a spot in Tuesday night’s final in an overall fourth position with a time of 1:46.10, while Myles Brown managed a 10th place finish in 1:46.85 and not qualify. Brown also failed to qualify in the 400m freestyle on Sunday.
‘I’m happy to be in the final with a personal best time by one second but I need to be faster if I want to win a medal,’ said Le Clos after his semi-final swim.
‘I believe it is very promising for the future and my other events. There are a lot of big names there so I am just going to go out there and have fun,’ concluded Le Clos.
It will be a busy day for the South African swimming team on Tuesday as Van der Burgh takes on his speciality 50m breaststroke, Brown the 800m freestyle, while Le Clos and Sebastien Rousseau will compete in the 200m butterfly event.
Earlier in the day, the final women’s water polo match for South Africa saw the side going down to Japan 7-15, which placed the team in an overall 16th position.
South Africa scored through captain Kelsey White (two), Ruby Versveld, Megan Schooling, Amica Hallendorff, Kim Kay and Deborah O’Hanlon.
The men’s water polo team will face off against Brazil for 9-12th place classification on Tuesday in their penultimate match.