The South African swimming team continued to impress on day three of the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China yesterday.
With the fastest semi final time of 26.90, Cameron van der Burgh successfully qualified for the final of his speciality event, the 50m breaststroke. Van der Burgh won his semi final ahead of Brazil’s Felipe da Silva in 26.95 and Norway’s Alexander dale Oen in 27.33. The final of the event will be held today.
“I just want to do enough to make the final” came from Van der Burgh before he warmed up. It took just 20 strokes across the pool for the World Record holder to clock up a world best time this year of 26.90sec and advance to the final in the top spot.
19 year old Chad le Clos, who was recently chosen by Omega as one of their global brand ambassadors, also secured his place in the 200m butterfly final tomorrow after a fast finish in the semi finals. Le Clos clocked 1:55.56 to finish in 7th position.
Wendy Trott finished in 6th place in the 1500m freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 16:06.02. Denmark’s Lotte Friis took home the gold in 15:49.59.
Earlier on in the day, Sebastien Rousseau was one spot short of qualifying for the 200m butterfly semi finals when he ended in 17th place with a time of 1:57.15. Karin Prinsloo finished 25th in the 200m freestyle, clocking a personal best time of 1:59.52. Prinsloo will also be in action in the 50m backstroke today.
In the 800m freestyle heat, Heerden Herman (8:01.79) and Mark Randall (8:02.45) ended in 18th and 20thplace respectively.
Day four of the competition will see Gideon Louw and Graeme Moore take to the water in the 100m freestyle while Darian Townsend will swim in the 200m individual medley race.