Cameron Van Der Burgh has won South Africa’s first medal at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro after finishing second in the 100 metre breaststroke on Sunday night. The final played out to be a classic scenario of brute strength and speed versus pure guts with Britain’s Adam Peaty and Van Der Burgh being the two main protagonists. It was Peaty who prevailed in the end winning in a world record time of 57.13 seconds.
Van der Burgh was second in 58.69 seconds and Cody Miller of the USA third in 58.87 seconds. The South African’s prediction about how the final was going to play out proved to be spot on. Earlier the Tuks/HPC athlete mused: ‘It is going to take a world record to win the gold medal at the Games.’
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