South Africa

Van der Burgh wins double gold

2015-08-13 06:49
Cameron van der Burgh (AP)

Johannesburg - Cameron van der Burgh continued his stellar form in the swimming pool, bowing out of the first leg of the first leg of the FINA World Cup series in Moscow with two gold medals.

Van Burgh on Wednesday added the 100m breaststroke gold medal after winning the 50m event the day before.

The South African breaststroke specialist coasted to victory in the 100m with a time of 59.27 seconds, with Nic Fink of the United States taking silver in 59.52, while his countryman Cody Miller’s bagged bronze with 1:00.07.

The 27-year-old Van der Burgh was the top performer among the South African contingent with Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos and Myles Brown also landing podium finishes over the two days.

Le Clos first claimed the men’s 100m freestyle on Tuesday before touching second in the 100m butterfly only days after claiming the world title in this event.

After his shock defeat to Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh in the 200m butterfly at last week’s World Championships in Kazan, Le Clos posted a new South African and African 100m butterfly record of 50.56 for the title.

On Wednesday, the 23-year-old characteristically looked around in the final lap with America’s Tom Shields touching first in a time of 51.36, with Le Clos finishing shortly behind him in 51.45. Tim Philips of the United States took third place, clocking 51.75.

Meanwhile, Brown added the 200m freestyle silver medal to the gold he won in the 400m freestyle from Tuesday.

Russia’s Danila Izotov took the spoils in a time of 1:46.93, with Brown touching second in 1:47.80, while Russia’s Nikita Lobintsev rounded off the podium in third with his 1:47.83.

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