Olympics 2012

Cameron qualifies for semi

2012-07-28 13:25
Cameron van der Burgh (Gallo)
London - Chad le Clos won his 400m individual medley heat to qualify for the final later on Saturday night, becoming the first South African to compete for a medal.

GALLERY: London Olympics Opening Ceremony

Swimming against American star Ryan Lochte, Le Clos touched first, in 4:12:24, an eleventh of a second ahead of Lochte, who slowed visibly towards the end.

Riaan Schoeman finished sixth, swimming in the lane next to Le Clos, and his 4:17.22 ended his Olympic campaign.

The fastest finisher was Japan's Kosuke Hagino, who clocked 4:10.01, in the third heat, while Olympic phenomenon Michael Phelps won his heat in 4:13.33.

Cameron van den Burgh was sixth fastest in the men's 100m breaststroke qualifiers, with his 59.49sec time seeing him safely into the semi-finals in the evening session.

Also in the pool on Saturday, Heerden Herman came seventh in his 400m freestyle heat, clocking 3:57.28 and he will now turn his focus to the 1500m freestyle heat on Friday.

Kathryn Meaklim finished sixth in her 400m Individual Medley heat, failing to qualify for the final. Her next event is the 200m Individual Medley on Monday.

South African rowing pair Naydene Smith and Lee-Ann Persse finished fourth out of five in the Women's Pairs second heat.

Their time of 7:14.31 earned them ninth place overall which saw them qualify for the repechage on Monday.

The fastest time was 6:57.29 British pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, set in the first heat.

The top two boats from each heat automatically qualified for the final while the other six boats compete in the repechage, which offers a second chance to qualify for the A final. Unsuccessful boats from the repechage go forward to final B, which determines places 7-12.

Rowing lightweight four - Matthew Brittain, Sizwe Ndlovu, John Smith and James Thompson -- came second in their heat and go through to the semi-finals on Sunday.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


30 of the world's greatest golfers will be heading to the Gary Player Country Club for this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge - now in its 35th year. For all the latest news, player profiles, hole-by-hole descriptions and past winners, be sure to check out Sport24's dedicated section.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.