The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - OCKERT DE VIL­LIERS

CROWNED top male swim­mer of the three-leg Mare Nostrum se­ries, Cameron van der Burgh fin­ished an un­beaten run in the 50m breast­stroke in Canet-enRous­sil­lon, France, on Sun­day.

Mean­while, af­ter miss­ing the first two galas in the Euro­pean se­ries, Olympic gold medal­list Chad le Clos made a cameo in the South­ern French town.

Van der Burgh raced to vic­tory in the sprint event, touch­ing the wall in a time of 27.07 sec­onds. The South African touched ahead of Brazil­ian Filipe Lima in sec­ond place, with 27.26 and the third­placed Ya­suhiro Kaseki of Ja­pan with 27.58.

Rac­ing to his third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory in the 50m breast­stroke, Van der Burgh clinched the over­all men’s se­ries cham­pion. He also boasts the third fastest time of this sea­son, with the 26.96 he posted at the Barcelona leg of the se­ries.

He was slightly off the pace in the 100m breast­stroke at all three events and scratched from the B-race in Canet.

Dip­ping his toe in the wa­ter for the first time in the se­ries, Le Clos had to be con­tent with two bronze medals in the 100m and 200m but­ter­fly.

Le Clos lined up against fel­low Rio Olympic 100m but­ter­fly sil­ver medal­list Las­zlo Cseh and 200m but­ter­fly third-place fin­isher Ta­mas Ken­deresi of Hun­gary.

The 200m but­ter­fly be­longed to the Hun­gar­i­ans with Ken­deresi hit­ting the wall first in a time of one minute, 54.98 sec­onds (1:54.98), while com­pa­triot Cseh bagged the sil­ver in 1:56.39.

Le Clos held the lead af­ter the first 100m but lost ground to touch third in a time of 1:56.64.

The South African again had to be sat­is­fied with the bronze medal with France’s Me­hdi Metella tak­ing the spoils in a time of 51.63. Cseh hit the wall in sec­ond place with a time of 51.87, with Le Clos rac­ing home in 51.92. Le Clos still holds the world-lead­ing time of 51.29 in the 100m but­ter­fly and fifth fastest 200m but­ter­fly time of 1:55.00 from the South African Aquat­ics Cham­pi­onships from April.

Else­where, freestyle ace Myles Brown was the only other top South African per­former dur­ing the se­ries, earn­ing podium places in the 200m freestyle at the open­ing leg in Monaco and Canet.

Brown fin­ished sec­ond in Monaco with in a time of 1:48.31 be­fore earn­ing sil­ver in Barcelona clock­ing 1:48.07.

The se­ries is a col­lec­tion of three meets along the coast of the Mediter­ranean in France, Monaco and Spain.

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