Cameron Van Der Burgh got the the first session of swimming underway in true South African style on the ninth day of the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan. In the 100 metres breaststroke semi-finals, Van Der Burgh successfully qualified for Monday night’s final when he touched the wall in a time of 58.49, ending in second place. The 27-year old set a new Championship Record in the first semi-final event but that time was bettered a few minutes later in the second semi-final by Great Britain’s Adam Peaty, who recorded 58.18 to take the overall first place.
Chad Le Clos finished in 14th place in the 50 metres butterfly semi-finals, clocking 23.49, while Myles Brown was 18th in the 400 metres freestyle heats in 3:48.86. Le Clos and Brown will be in action in the 200 metres freestyle race on Monday. On the men’s Water Polo side, the South African side lost 17 – 1 against Australia with SA’s goal coming from Etienne Le Roux while the Australians scored through Aaron Younger (four), Aidan Roach (three), Mitchell Emery (three), Tyler Martin (two), Jarrod Gilchrist (two), Richard Campbell (one), Joel Swift (one) and George Ford (one).
The men’s side will be taking on Brazil for 9 – 12th place classification on Tuesday while the ladies will be up against Japan for 15th place classification on Monday.
Photo credit: WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN / SASPA