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More medals for Cameron in China
- Updated: September 30, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Cameron van der Burgh swopped the 100-metre breaststroke for the longer 200m version at the FINA World Cup in Beijing on Tuesday.
But the only change was that on this occasion the colour of the medal changed to silver.
After double gold in the 50 and 100m events in Hong Kong at the weekend, the Pretoria swimmer got gold and silver in China.
In his signature event, the 50m, he won in 27.03… 0.20sec quicker than his Hong Kong swim.
Once again it was the Aussie Tomy Sucipto who finished in his wake, well back in 27.79 and the host nation’s Shi Wija took bronze in 28.00.
In the longer of his two events, Van der Burgh made the initial pace and led through halfway mark before being hauled in by China’s Feilian Mao who went on to win in 2:10.95. Van der Burgh, who actually slipped to third at one stage, touched in 2:11.68, the middle part of a Chinese sandwich as Zibei Yan got bronze in 2:11.97.
Going into the Beijing leg of the World Cup series, Van der Burgh was topping the overall men’s rankings and will be hunting a third series win.