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Busy day sees Le Clos, Van der Burgh advance in China – Sport24

December 15, 2018

Cameron van der Burgh (Getty)

Cape Town – It was a busy morning for South African swimmers in the pool at theFINA Short-Course World Championshipsin Hangzhou, China.

Cameron van der Burghprogressed to the semi-final of the men’s 50m breaststroke.

This is Van der Burgh’s final event after the 30-year-oldannounced his retirementfrom competitive swimming earlier this week after winning gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

Van der Burgh finished second in his heat, touching the wall in a time of 26.20 and advanced through to the semis, which will take place at 14:00 SA time.

READ: Twitter reacts to Cameron van der Burgh’s retirement

Olympian Chad le Clos participated in two races – the men’s 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly on Saturday morning.

In his 50m butterfly semi-final, Le Clos won his race by touching the wall in22.34.

Fellow countrymanRyan Coetzeehas also slotted a place in the final, finishing fifth in the second semi-final (22.75).

The 28-year-old Le Clos has also progressed to the men’s 100m freestyle semi-final after finishing third in his heat with a time of47.17

Earlier in the championship, Le Clos won the gold medal in the 100m butterfly and took silver in the 200m race.

Meanwhile,Brad Tandy– who swam in men’s 50m breaststroke – failed to qualify for the semi-finals (27.10)

Erin Gallagherfinished seventh place in the women’s 100m butterfly heat in a time of 58.29, and although she did not qualify for the final, she is placed on as a reserve.

Rebecca Mederfinished seventh in the women’s 200m individual medley heat in a time of 2:14.68and failed to qualify for the final.

Ayrton Sweeneyalso failed to reach the men’s 400m medley finishing last in his heat in 4:13.21.

South African team in Hangzhou:


Chad le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh, Brad Tandy, Ryan Coetzee, Ayrton Sweeney, Douglas Erasmus


Erin Gallagher, Emily Visagie, Rebecca Meder