South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh laid down the marker in the 100m breastroke in London last night when he set a new Olympic record of 58.83
Cameron again took it out hard on the first 50m and hit the turn on 27.47, which put him in the lead and nobody could catch him.
The current world record holder in the 50m breastroke, van der Burgh will be full of confidence going into the final of the 100m breastroke tonight at the London Olympic Games.
Kosuke Kitajima, the world record holder, qualified in 6th position (59.69) for tonights final and cannot be written off in his attempt to win the 100m breastroke for the third time in a row. Kitajima went out easy on the first 50m then brought it back hard on the second length. Whether he still has the raw speed to match van der Burgh will be answered tonight.
Ryan Lochte won the 400IM in a time of 4:05.18 with Michael Phelps finishing in 4th place (4:09.28). Phelps fell off the pace in the backstroke leg as Lochte powered into the lead and never looked back. South Africa’s Chad le Clos finished in 5th position (4:12.42) and will be satisfied with his first swim at London 2012.