South African swimmer Cameron Van der Burgh has set a new Olympic record in the men’s 100 metre breaststroke at the London Games. The 24-year-old clocked a time of 00:58:83 seconds in the semi-finals, beating the previous record of 00:58.91 held by Kosuke Kitajima of Japan.
Van der Burgh has high hopes of a medal, possibly gold, in the men’s 100 metre breaststroke final, which takes place this evening.
South Africa’s two swimming medal hopefuls Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh have made a promising start to the country’s campaign in the pool at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Twenty-year-old Le Clos, who is making his debut at the Games, has recorded a personal best time of 4:12:24 in the men’s 400 metre individual medley to advance to the final in the evening.
Twenty four-year-old Van der Burgh, is tipped to be South Africa’s strongest medal contender, after booking a place in the evening’s semi-final. He has posted a time of 00:59:79 in 100 metre breast-stroke to take him a step closer to his dream of winning an Olympic medal.