Commonwealth Games

Van der Burgh through to 100m final

2018-04-06 12:55
Cameron Van Der Burgh (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh has qualified for the final of the 100m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast. 

Van der Burgh finished in second place in his semi-final on Friday in a time of 59.74, behind Britain's Adam Peaty, who is the overwhelming favourite to win gold in the event.

Peaty broke the Commonwealth Games record in winning in a time of 58.59.

The time was enough to make Van der Burgh the third-fastest qualifier for Saturday's final, behind Peaty and England's James Wilby (59.69).

South Africa's other hope in the event, Michael Houlie, was eliminated after swimming 1:01.47.

There was success in the pool earlier for Team South Africa when Chad le Clos won gold in the 50m butterfly, while his fellow South African, Ryan Coetzee, took bronze. 

Van der Burgh won gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2012 Olympics while in 2016 in Rio he claimed silver.

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