There were some strong performances from the South African swimmers on the first day of London 2012 Olympic Games.
Cameron van der Burg easily qualified for the semi finals of the 100m breastroke by swimming 59.79 in his heat. Cameron took it out hard on his first 50m and posted a blistering 27.29 on the first lap and then easing back on the second length.
Michael Phelps almost didn’t make final of the 400 IM when he posted the 8th fastest qualifying time in the heats.
Phelps was swimming at world record pace on the butterfly leg and the first length of the backstroke and then eased off and just won his heat in 4:13:33.
South African Chad le Clos had a good swim in his heat and defeating Ryan Lochte and posting the second fastest qualifying time going into final with 4:12:24.
Lochte ( 4:12:35) backed off on the freestyle leg but Chad deserves full credit for bringing it back hard on the freestyle lag and being in a position to even catch the American swimmer.
The final of the 400m IM will be swam this evening and promises to be a fine race with no firm favourite to win.
Michael Phelps will take it out from the front in the butterfly and will try set the pace throughout the swim. Chad le Clos will be up there in the fly and will have a strong finish in the freestyle. Ryan Lochte looked very sharp and will be in the top three finishers no matter what happens in London tonight.