The South African swimming team sizzled on the fourth day of the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, winning three medals (two gold and a bronze).
In the 50m breaststroke, it was a fight to the finish between Olympian Cameron van der Burgh and Australia’s Christian Sprenger.
Van der Burgh edged out the Australian, winning the race in a phenomenal 26.77 to Sprenger’s 26.78, a time difference of only 0.01secs, while Giulio Zorzi was on top of the world when he grabbed SA’s first bronze medal, clocking 27.04.
Chad le Clos struck gold in his favorite 200m butterfly, walking away with the title in 1:54.32 ahead of Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski in 1:55.01 and China’s Wu Peng in 1:55.09.
le Clos was in total control of the race from lap one and it seems a matter of time before he launches an assault on the world record of 1:51:51 held by Michael Phelps.
The Olympic gold medalist will be in action once again this Friday, 2nd August, in the 100m butterfly.
During the morning heats, Michael Meyer finished 26th in the 200m individual medley in 2:01.96, while in the 50m backstroke, Jessica Ashley Cooper was tied in 25th place with a time of 29.08.
Darren Murray, Tara Nicholas and Karin Prinsloo will be hitting the water in today’s fifth day of the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, racing in the 100m backstroke, 200m breaststroke and 100m freestyle respectively.