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Mixed fortunes for South Africans in Barcelona

June 12, 2013
Cameron Van Der Burgh

Cameron Van Der Burgh

Two South African Olympic gold medalists from a year ago swam in Barcelona in their respective gold medal events, but only one earned a victory. Cameron van der Burgh took the men’s 100 breast title in 1:00.38, which left him just one one-hundredth of a second outside of the world top-ten. Brazil’s Felipe Lima grabbed second in 1:00.82, and New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders finished third in 1:01.12.

Meanwhile, Chad Le Clos swam a 2:02.14 200 fly in prelims to finish ninth, and he had to settle for a win in the event’s B-final in 1:57.02. Hungary’s Bence Bizco won the A-final in 1:56.71, just edging Japan’s Yuki Kobori. Kobori finished second after a tight battle with Bizco the entire race. Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsov came in third at 1:58.53. Le Clos also finished runner up in the men’s 50 fly, clocking 23.90, while countryman Roland Schoeman set a meet record of 23.30 to take the win. Russia’s Nikita Konovalov took third in 23.98.

South Africa’s Gerhard Zandberg won the men’s 50 back in 25.14. The 2007 world champion in the event did not swim at the 2012 Olympics but has a history of strong performances in this non-Olympic event. Spain’s Aschwin Wildeboer Faber grabbed second in 25.33, while Israel’s Johnatan Kopelev touched third in 25.47. Germany’s Yannick Lebherz took a tight men’s 200 back in 1:59.02, overtaking New Zealand’s Gareth Kean on the final lap. Kean finished second in 1:59.32, and Hungary’s Gabor Balog took third in 1:59.77.

Results from Barcelona day 1

For the full story go to Swimming World Magazine

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