Sweet re­venge for Van der Burgh, rare de­feat for se­ries champ Le Clos

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - OCKERT DE VIL­LIERS

CAMERON VAN DER BURGH dished out some pay­back to worl­drecord holder Adam Peaty of Great Bri­tain in the men’s 50m breast­stroke on the first day of the fi­nal leg of the FINA Swim­ming World Cup in Dubai yes­ter­day.

The Olympic gold medal­list re­mains un­beaten in the 50m breast­stroke in the se­ries while it was the first time he man­aged to get the up­per- hand over Peaty since con­ced­ing his ti­tle at the World Cham­pi­onships in Kazan, Rus­sia ear­lier this year.

Peaty has been Van der Burgh’s neme­sis since top­pling the South African in the 100m breast­stroke at last year’s Com­mon­wealth Games and break­ing his long­course world records over both dis­tances.

Van der Burgh posted a blis­ter­ing 26.77 sec­onds which was 0.15 sec­onds slower than the per­sonal best he set at this year’s World Cham­pi­onships.

The Bri­ton touched in a time of 27.16 with Van der Burgh’s train­ing part­ner Gi­ulio Zorzi bag­ging the bronze with a time of 27.45.

The Pre­to­ria- based swim­mer will fin­ish the Swim­ming World Cup as the over­all se­ries win­ner for the third time af­ter he won back-to-back se­ries ti­tles in 2008 and 2009.

While Van der Burgh siz­zled, de­fend­ing se­ries cham­pion and com­pa­triot Chad le Clos suf­fered a rare de­feat in his pet event, the 200m but­ter­fly, and had to be con­tent with the sil­ver medal.

Le Clos char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally left it late and with a lap left he looked set to miss out on a podium spot, but surged to­wards the end for sec­ond place clock­ing 1:56.03.

Den­mark’s Vik­tor Bromer out­touched Le Clos by the nar­row­est of mar­gins post­ing a win­ning time of 1:55.98 with Wen Quah of Sin­ga­pore fin­ish­ing third with 1:56.26.

Ear­lier, Le Clos picked up the sil­ver medal in the 100m freestyle with a time of 48.38 with France’s Jeremy Strav­ius hit­ting the wall 0.04 sec­onds ahead of the South African.

Ser­bia’s Ve­limir St­jepanovic bagged the bronze medal with a time of 48.86 while Le Clos’ com­pa­tri­ots Dou­glas Eras­mus and Cay­don Muller shared sev­enth place touch­ing in 49.78.

The 23- year- old Le Clos per­sisted and fi­nally won the gold medal in the but­ter­fly sprint event post­ing a time of 23.31 in the 50m event.

Giles Smith of the United States fol­lowed in sec­ond place with 23.67 with Ser­bia’s Ivan Lender fin­ish­ing in third place clock­ing 23.74.

Le Clos, who is in heavy train­ing ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, won four gold medals at the Doha leg ear­lier this week.

Mean­while, Michael Meyer also added to the South African con­tin­gent’s medal tally claim­ing the bronze medal in the men’s 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley in a time of 4:18.58.

Hun­gary’s David Ver­raszto fin­ished first in 4:16.71 with Keita Su­nama of Ja­pan grab­bing the sil­ver with 4:17.58

Ayr­ton Sweeney, Joshua Dannhauser and Le Clos’ younger brother Jor­dan fin­ished fifth, sixth and sev­enth re­spec­tively.

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