Van Der Burgh Win Gold In London

After winning a fast semi-final,  Cameron Van Der Burgh has gone on to win the 100m breaststroke final at the London Games in a World Record time. The scene was set for an epic final with the current World Record holder, Brenton Rickard and the Japanese champion, Kosuke Kitajima both in the same race. Kitajima was going for his 3rd win in the event in as many Olympic Games.

Van Der Burgh’s race in the semi-final showed his rivals that he was in London in fantastic condition. It was the first of 2 semi-finals and all the men went out hard turning at the 50m in under world record pace. It was a great race where Van Der Burgh finished strong just short of the world mark set by Rickard.

Unfortunately for Kitajima, the dream result didn’t come true and he finished a gallant 5th in his 4th Olympic Games. He still has the 200m breaststroke where he is again going for 3 titles in a row. Australian, Christian Sprenger finished 2nd in the race which is an amazing effort in itself as it was not that long ago that he thought soccer was his best sport. He moved to swimming and is now the second best in the World.

But today it was all about Van Der Burgh. He and Sprenger were the only men to go under 59 seconds in a great final race. He set a new World mark of 58.46 seconds and more importantly takes home the title of Olympic Champion. It has been fantastic racing with much more to come. We can’t wait!

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