The South African men’s Water Polo team made World Championships history today as they finished the tournament in 12th place out of the 16 competing teams. This is the first time a South African men’s side has made the top 12, despite going down 11-7 to Kazakhstan in their final match of the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan. Coach Paul Martin says: ‘I am an extremely proud coach after today’s performance from the men. We competed on the big stage for the majority of the game and fought to the end. We can measure the growth of the team by directly comparing the two games we played against them at this event. Chalk and cheese so to speak.’
South Africa scored through Pierre Le Roux (three), Jon Marc De Carvalho (two) and two goals from Nicholas Molyneux, while the goals from Kazakhstan came from Alexandr Axenov (seven), Sergey Gubarev (one), Alexey Shmider (one) and Rustam Ukumanov (one). On the swimming side, Cameron Van Der Burgh tried his hand at the 200 metres breaststroke and finished 21st in the morning heats with a time of 2:.12.37. Chad Le Clos will be back in the water on Friday as he takes on the 100m butterfly.