Gold Coast - Cameron
van der Burgh stunned world record holder Adam Peaty to win the 50
metres breaststroke gold medal on a big night in the pool for South
Africa at the Commonwealth Games on Monday.
Apart from Van der Burgh's triumph, Chad le Clos clinched the
butterfly treble with victory in the 100m final for his 16th
Commonwealth Games medal and Tatjana Schoenmaker completed a
breaststroke double with victory in the 100m final.
Van der Burgh hurtled off the starting blocks and defied Peaty's
efforts to run him down in the frantic one-lapper, winning by four
hundredths in 26.58 seconds to inflict a rare defeat for the Englishman
and complete a 50m hat-trick.
The South African, who beat Peaty in the event at the 2014 Glasgow
Games, celebrated wildly by punching the water before climbing on to the
lane rope and pumping his fists in delight.
It was 29-year-old van der Burgh's third consecutive win in the event
in what he says is likely to be his final Commonwealth Games.
Peaty has proved indestructible in the 50m and 100m in recent years
and was expected to carry off the breaststroke double, but London
Olympic 100m champion van der Burgh had other ideas.
"To get the triple in the 50 breast and to come through the years and
finish on such a high is something that is really special," Van der
"Adam and I have a really tough rivalry and he's had the up over me
over the last few years and to get on top of the podium and see my flag
and my national anthem played will be a career highlight."
Peaty took the defeat on the chin and had praised for his victor.
"As an athlete I'm disappointed. I've never had a 50m Commonwealth title. I've had the rest but not this one," Peaty said.
"But as a person, and as a character in the sport away from the racing, I'm so happy for Cameron."
South Africa had two other representatives in the race, with Michael Houlie finishing in sixth (27.83) and Brad Tandy last (28.37).