South Africa’s Van der Burgh breaks 50-me­ter breast­stroke world record

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South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh broke the 50-me­ter breast­stroke world record in Tues­day morn­ing’s heats at the world swimming cham­pi­onships as his bat­tle with the UK’s Adam Peaty re­sumed.

Van der Burgh, who is de­fend­ing his ti­tle, clocked an of­fi­cial time of 26.62 sec­onds to shave 0.05 sec­onds off his own record he set at the 2009 cham­pi­onships in the era when the per­for­manceen­hanc­ing neo­prene suits were still per­mit­ted.

Peaty had swum ex­actly 26.62 sec­onds at the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships in Ber­lin last Au­gust, but his time has still not been rat­i­fied by swimming’s gov­ern­ing body FINA.

Van der Burgh, the Olympic 100-me­ter cham­pion, lost out to Peaty on the wall in Mon­day’s world cham­pi­onship fi­nal over the same dis­tance.

The ri­vals are set to bat­tle again over the shorter dis­tance in Tues­day night’s semi and Wed­nes­day’s fi­nal.

“I am re­ally happy af­ter the bit­ter-sweet dis­ap­point­ment of last night, when I didn’t get the luck of the touch. But I guess I had it to­day,” said Van der Burgh.

“We are all so close, it’s not go­ing to be a one- or two-horse race, there are a lot of guys in the mix and it’s go­ing to very tight.”

Peaty, who was sec­ond-fastest into the semi­fi­nals at just 0.06 sec­onds slower than the South African in his heat, ad­mit­ted he was con­fused as to who held the world record af­ter Van der Burgh matched his Ber­lin time.

“It will be nice to get out there tonight with my full game head on to fo­cus on the race,” he said.

“I am fully ca­pa­ble of go­ing faster than ... my old, well, equal world record.”

Slove­nia’s Damir Du­gonjic (26.70) and Kevin Cordes of the U.S. (26.93) also posted fast times go­ing into the semis.

Aus­tralia’s Chris­tian Sprenger, who won sil­ver in the event two years ago in Barcelona, missed the semis by just 0.03 sec­onds at 27.54.

This is the fifth time a world record has been bro­ken in Kazan and it is the first men’s record to fall at a world cham­pi­onships since 2011.

Sun Sixth Fastest


Las­zlo Cseh

is on course to win his first worlds gold for a decade hav­ing qual­i­fied fastest into Tues­day’s 200-me­ter but­ter­fly semi­fi­nals in a time of 1 minute 53.71 sec­onds.

China’s long-dis­tance ex­pert Sun Yang was sixth fastest into the men’s 800-me­ter freestyle fi­nal on Wed­nes­day as he pre­pares to try to win the men’s 200-me­ter fi­nal on Tues­day night for the first time.

Con­nor Jaeger of the U.S. was the fastest from the 800-me­ter heats in seven min­utes 44.77 sec­onds while Aus­tralian teenager Mack Hor­ton, who swam the year’s fastest time com­ing into Kazan, was fifth quick­est at 2.31 sec­onds back.

Af­ter re­tain­ing his 400-me­ter freestyle world ti­tle on Sun­day, Sun is hop­ing to leave Kazan as the owner of the 200-me­ter, 800-me­ter and 1500-me­ter golds.


South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh cel­e­brates af­ter set­ting a new world record in a men’s 50-me­ter breast­stroke heat at the Swimming World Cham­pi­onships in Kazan, Rus­sia, Tues­day, Aug. 4.

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