Cameron van der Burgh got South Africa on the medal table when he won silver in the 100m breaststroke at the 15th Fina World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
It was not the usual gold for the world record holder in the 100m breaststroke as Aussie Christian Sprenger touched 0.18 seconds before Van der Burgh to win in 58.79, with Van der Burgh second in 58.97.
“I am happy with my time as I swam with my heart. After the Olympics I took a six-months break and I struggled with a few injuries. I was hurting over the last 20 metres, but that is expected as I am not in the form I was for the Olympics,” said a smiling Van der Burgh.
Van der Burgh won bronze in the 50m and 100m breaststroke at the previous World Championships in Shanghai in 2011, and a gold medal in the 50m breaststroke at the Rome Championships in 2009.
“I must say my collection of medals in different of colours are growing. It is nice,” he said jokingly afterwards.
At the London Olympics there was some controversy because Van der Burgh had used a dolphin kick in the 100m breaststroke final, which he won. Yesterday, the question was raised again, but Van der Burgh said there were no hard feelings.
“The swimming community is so tight that we do not get into fights,” he said, shaking Sprenger’s hand afterwards.
South Africa’s Karin Prinsloo failed to qualify for the final of the 100m backstroke after she finished 13th in a time of 1:01.05.
Darren Murray swam the race of his life in the morning heats in the 100m backstroke, winning the first heat in 56.64. He swam a slower time in the semifinals of 55.02 and did not qualify for the final.
“I just did not feel right tonight as my stroke was off. But I am happy with my time in the morning as that was my personal best,” he said.
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