South Africa’s two Olympic swimming medallists were at it again in Germany on Wednesday night as the Berlin leg of the FINA/airweave World Cup wound up.


There was a milestone for Cameron van der Burgh while Chad le Clos is fast closing in on a milestone of his own.

Van der Burgh, silver medallist in the 100m breaststroke in Rio last month, took gold in this event on Wednesday.

He touched in a time of 56.56sec. That relegated Russians Kirill Prigoda and Vladimir Morozov to silver and bronze respectively 56.63 and 57.01sec.

It was Van der Burgh’s 50th World Cup victory since he started competing on the series back in 2008.

And Le Clos’ victory in the 100m butterfly means that he’s just three wins away from a 100th World Cup victory. In fact he may reach that milestone at the next leg of the series in Moscow, Russia at the weekend.

On Wednesday he won in 48.66sec to beat Britain’s Adam Barrett (49.60) by nearly a full second. His winning time was 0.22sec of his own world record set two years ago and he seems confident of getting even closer sometime soon.

He told FINA media afterwards: ‘I’m very happy, I’m not shaved, but I was very close to the world record. I think, I can break it at one of the next opportunities. I’m feeling very well in the water and improving from race to race.’

Picture of Le Clos courtesy of Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA

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