South African Athletics

Van der Burgh continues golden run

2015-09-28 14:49
Cameron van der Burgh (AP)

Johannesburg - Olympic gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh continued his dominance at the Fina Swimming World Cup, tightening his grip on the overall title at the Hong Kong leg over the weekend.

The breaststroke ace finished atop the podium in both the 50m and the 100m, increasing his total winnings to $59 000 and 144 points.

On the first day of swimming, Van der Burgh proved he has not lost any of the form he displayed the World Championships.

The Pretoria swimmer was in a class of his own, touching the wall first in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 27.23 seconds.

He was followed by Australian duo, Matthew Treloar and Tommy Sucipto, who finished in second and third respectively with 27.83s and 28.01s.

Van der Burgh claimed first place in the 100m breaststroke the following day to take his total tally to six gold medals after the first three World Cup events.

He clocked 1:00.23 with Japan’s Akihiro Yamaguchi touching second in a time of 1:01.62 while Sucipto bagged bronze in a time of 1:01.96.

The 27-year-old Van der Burgh won the first cluster which included Moscow and Paris-Chartres galas.

The next gala of the eight-leg series will take place in Beijing on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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