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Clinton’s world record

Cameron van der Burgh added the world long course 50m breaststroke world best to his status as the world’s fastest man in the short course 50 and 100m with a mind-blowing performance at the Telkom SA National Championships in Durban.┬á

His semi-final time of 27.06sec at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre eclipsed Oleg Lisoger’s previous world best of 27.18, with nobody in the arena more surprised than Van der Burgh himself.┬á

ÔÇ£This was my last breaststroke race over 50m because the race distance is not an Olympic event and my training programme is more focused towards the 100 and 200m breaststroke, so I am delighted with my time,ÔÇØ said Pretoria-based van der Burgh, whose African best was at 27.29 going into the race.┬á

ÔÇ£It will take a while to sink in. I still can’t believe it. I am training on┬áthe programme of Japanese national team head coach Norimasa Hirai who is the former mentor to 100 and 200m Beijing Olympic breaststroke gold medallist Kosuke Kitajimaand I speak to him as often as possible about my training. I train at the academy in Pretoria where Ryk Neethling is based and he is always there to pass on advice.ÔÇØ┬á

Earlier, Lyndon Ferns turned on the speed in taking the 100m freestyle┬áhonours in 48.38. With Roland Schoeman having withdrawn from the final, but having posted 48.61 in the semi-final, Darian Townsend’s time of 49.09 sees him placed as the third fastest time in the race for SA team places for the World Championships in Rome in July.┬á

ÔÇ£Since moving back from the USA, I have been coached by Ryk Neethling and we have been working hard on the second half of my 100 metres freestyle race,ÔÇØ said Ferns.┬á

ÔÇ£I was out of training for about five weeks earlier this year after┬áundergoing a hernia operation and even know, particularly in the butterfly event, I can feel the muscles aren’t quite as strong as they need to be. It may require another operation sometime in the future, but certainly not before the World Championships.ÔÇØ┬á

In the 200m individual medley final, Darian Townsend equalled his┬ásemi-final World Championship qualifying time of 1:58.33, with second-placed Sebastien Rousseau (2:00.01) also pencilling his place on the national selectors’ shortlist for Rome.┬á

Roland Schoeman (23.15) and Graeme Moore (23.86) posted World Championship qualifying times in the 50m butterfly. 

Somerset West-based Jessica Pengelly regained her 200m individual medley national record in posting 2:14.00, after Durbanite Kathryn Meaklim had temporarily dethroned her from the post the night before. Meaklim finished third in the final (2:14.96) outside of her 2:14.44 set 24 hours earlier. Zimbabwean swim star Kirsty Coventry took gold in 2:11.39. 

Georgia-based Wendy Trott, who had already qualified for the World Championships in the 800 metres freestyle, bettered her African record in the 1500m freestyle from 16:15.58 to 16:10.97 to see her listed for a possible World Championship place in this event. 

George du Rand’s 100 metres backstroke time of 54.72 was also a World┬áChampionship A standard qualifier. Earlier in the championships, the┬áPretoria swimmer qualified for Rome in the 200m backstroke.┬á

Kenyan teenage swim star Achieng Ajula-Bushell, who trains in Cape Town under the guidance of the experienced Karoly van Toros, posted a World Championship qualifier in the 50m breaststroke semi-final, clocking 31.67.

One Comment

  1. Karen21

    April 19, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    what a boykie! go Cameron go! only pity is that the 50m is not an Olympic event, but a great way to work on the speed for the 100. well done!

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