On form Van der Burgh pow­ers to Euro­pean vic­tory

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - OCKERT DE VIL­LIERS

SHOW­ING no sign of slow­ing down, Rio Olympic sil­ver medal­list Cameron van der Burgh has dis­tin­guished him­self as the coun­try’s top swim­mer at the first two legs of the Mare Nostrum Se­ries in Europe.

Van der Burgh shone in the 50m breast­stroke in Monaco over the week­end be­fore con­tin­u­ing his good form in the sprint event in Barcelona this week.

Over the week­end Van der Burgh raced to his first gold medal of the in­ter­na­tional sea­son when he fin­ished first in the 50m breast­stroke in a time of 26.99 sec­onds.

He added the Barcelona gold medal in the sprint event with the third fastest time in the world this year hit­ting the wall in a time of 26.96.

He was fol­lowed by Filipe Lima in 27.41 and An­drey Niko­laev with 27.42 in sec­ond and third place re­spec­tively.

While he had a dis­ap­point­ing swim in Monaco in the 100m breast­stroke, Van der Burgh made up for it on the first day of the Barcelona leg when he touched sec­ond be­hind Rus­sia’s An­ton Chup­kov, who posted a time of 59.39 sec­onds.

Van der Burgh touched the wall in a time of 1:00.02 which is slightly off his sea­son’s best of 59.73 from the South African Cham­pi­onships in April.

In Monaco, Myles Brown also claimed a podium spot when he fin­ished sec­ond in the 200m freestyle in a time of 1:48.31 with Great Bri­tain’s James Guy win­ning in 1:47.27.

Brown re­peated the re­sult in Barcelona when he touched sec­ond be­hind Rus­sia’s Alek­sandr Kras­nykh.

He posted a time of 1:48.07 with the Kras­nykh fin­ish­ing ahead of him in 1:47.39.

Rio Olympic dou­ble sil­ver medal­ist Chad le Clos missed the first two legs of the three­leg se­ries and will open his in­ter­na­tional sea­son in Canet-en-Rous­sil­lon over the week­end.

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