Cameron van der Burgh Sprints To New Championship Record In 100 Breast

KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 04: Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa competes on the way to setting a new world record in a time of 26.62 in the Men's 50m Breaststroke heats on day eleven of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 4, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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South African Cameron van der Burgh set a new championship record en route to a gold medal in a tight men’s 100 breast final, touching the wall in 56.01. Van der Burgh took about two-tenths from the old championship record and was .40 off of his own world record.

Just behind him was Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich in a new national record (56.10), followed by Yashuhiro Koseki (56.13). Kosecki’s time will stand as a new Japanese and Asian record, breaking his own mark from his country’s World Champs Trials earlier this year.

“It means the world to me. It is my last race, so I am extremely happy. The world championship means a lot,” Van der Burgh said.

“It is the last one. It is sad but I am happy to end on a high. The last 25 metres was the most pain I have ever had in my life in swimming, so it was a good way to finish.

“It is funny how these things turn out. At least I have no loose ends to tie up or reason to come back.”

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