South Africa still ‘Myles’ be­hind

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - OCKERT DE VIL­LIERS

PRO­VID­ING hope for South Africa’s floun­der­ing start to the Fina World Cham­pi­onships, Myles Brown sur­vived the 200m freestyle heats only to be dis­posed of in the semi-fi­nals.

His sev­enth-place fin­ish in the evening ses­sion added to South Africa’s woes at the cham­pi­onships in Budapest.

Brown pro­vided a glim­mer of hope rac­ing into the semi­fi­nal where he failed to ad­vance to­day’s fi­nal post­ing a time of one minute, 47.19 sec­onds (1:47.19).

South Africa’s two top swim­mers, Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh, will start their cam­paigns in earnest af­ter skip­ping an event each on the first and sec­ond day.

Look­ing for re­demp­tion af­ter con­ced­ing his 200m but­ter­fly crowns at the pre­vi­ous world cham­pi­onships and Rio Olympic Games, Le Clos will be look­ing to re­claim his ti­tle.

The South African will be lin­ing up against de­fend­ing cham­pion Las­zlo Cseh, who will be look­ing to im­press in front of his home crowd.

Le Clos has de­cided to fo­cus his at­ten­tion on the but­ter­fly events opt­ing not to race in the 200m freestyle which earned him a sil­ver medal in Rio.

Van der Burgh will also kick off his cam­paign look­ing to win his sixth con­sec­u­tive 50m breast­stroke medal at the world cham­pi­onships.

In Van der Burgh’s ab­sence Bri­tish world record-holder Adam Peaty suc­cess­fully de­fended his 100m breast­stroke ti­tle in a new cham­pi­onship record of 57.47.

If ev­ery­thing goes ac­cord­ing to plan, South Africa should be com­pet­ing for its first medals at the cham­pi­onships when Van der Burgh and Le Clos’ fi­nals are sched­uled to be raced.

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