The FINA Swimming World Cup Series officially concluded tonight in Dubai with a fantastic performance by the South African swimming team. Cameron Van Der Burgh was on top of the world as he claimed the first position on the ranking table based on the points accumulated over the last seven legs as well as the $100 000 prize money. Van Der Burgh confirmed that prize when he won the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 59.05 and is now unbeaten in 24 consecutive appearances in the 50m and 100m breaststroke combined, since taking silver behind Roland Schoeman in Singapore in 2009.
Coming in second on the 2015 overall rankings to claim the $50 000 prize money was Chad Le Clos. Le Clos celebrated that achievement by winning the gold medal in the 100m butterfly with a time of 51.09 and the silver medal in the 50m freestyle in 22.22. Douglas Erasmus finished fourth in the freestyle race in 22.34.
Le Clos also finished fifth in the 200m backstroke in 2:00.23 with Martin Binedell taking the eighth position in 2:03.26. Michael Meyer won the bronze in the 200m individual medley, clocking 2:02.38 behind Japan’s Keita Sunama in 2:00.72 and Luxembourg’s Raphael Stacchiotti in 2:01.09. In other results, Kaylene Corbett came eighth in the 50m breaststroke in 33.10, while Jacques Van Wyk was sixth in the 50m backstroke in 25.58.
Photo credit: Reg Caldecott