Johannebsurg - World record holder Cameron van der Burgh and three-time Olympic medallist Roland Schoeman spearheaded South Africa's campaign, earning gold medals on the opening day of the Swimming World Cup leg in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday night.
Van der Burgh had to chase Schoeman into the turn and powered his way back in the men’s 50m breaststroke final to record an outstanding victory in 25.95 seconds.
Schoeman managed to hold on for the silver medal, in 26.38, despite picking up a groin injury in the morning heats.
The 32-year-old Schoeman shone later in the evening, winning gold in the men’s 50m butterfly final. Jason Dunford of Kenya finished second and South African butterfly sensation Chad le Clos took third place.
Meanwhile, Le Clos was edged by Daiyo Seto of Japan who won the men's 200m butterfly final by 0.01 seconds in 1:51.30.
Darian Townsend secured a bronze medal in the men’s 100m individual medley (IM), clocking 52.76.
Kathryn Meaklim clinched bronze in the women’s 200m IM in an improved 2:12.73. Hungarian Katinka Hosszu won the race in 2:09.86.