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Cameron’s world record short-lived but he’s into final

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By Mark Etheridge

Cameron van Der Burgh didn’t even get to go to bed and dream about his new world 50-metre breaststroke record at the FINA World Championships in Russia on Tuesday.
After slicing 0.05sec off his own record in the morning heats with a 26.62sec win he went through to the evening semi-finals.
There he won again in a still impressive time of 26.74sec only to see pretender to his crown, Adam Peaty of Britain win the other semi-final in even more impressive fashion, posting a 26.42 win.
Peaty also still has a 26.62sec time awaiting ratification from Berlin last year, which will be a moot point should it be ratified.
So it’s all systems go for the ‘veteran’ 27-year-old South African and the 20-year-old new kid on the block in Wednesday night’s final.
In other evening action Olympic champion Chad le Clos is into the 200m butterfly final after a semi-final win in 1:54.50, 0.97sec behind quickest qualifier Laszlo Cseh of Hungary. But it wasn’t as good an evening for Sebastien Rousseau whose seventh spot in the second semi-final wasn’t good enough to make the final.
His 1:56.96 was more than a second too slow to make the eight men into the final.
In the 200m final, Le Clos ended sixth in 1:46.53 as Britain’s James Guy won in 1:45.14.
In earlier water polo action, South Africa went down 16-5 to Brazil in a ninth-12th place classification clash. The South Africans were on the back foot from the opening salvoes as Brazil, hosts of next year’s Olympic Games in Rio, raced to a 7-3 lead. The SA side held them 2-2 in the second stanza but that was the end of the scoring for SA as the Brazilians added three more goals in the third quarter and four in the final period.
Goalscorers for SA were brothers Pierre and Etienne le Roux with one apiece, Devon Card, Dayne Jagga and Nic Molyneux.


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