Cameron van der Burgh Ties Adam Peaty’s Unratified 50 Breast World Record at 2015 FINA World Championships

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Cameron van der Burgh matched the unratified world record of Adam Peaty in the men’s 50-meter breast at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

During prelims, Van der Burgh hit the wall in 26.62.  Officially, that’s a world record as he bested his own mark of 26.67.  Unofficially, that’s tied for the best time ever.

Peaty broke Van der Burgh’s world record with a 26.62 during the 2014 European Championships last summer, but FINA elected not to approve it yet because he wasn’t tested for EPO since someone forgot to check the box to test his sample for EPO.

“The form for world records includes a test for EPO,” FINA secretary Paolo Barelli said of the issue. “The lab analysis performed in Germany didn’t do it because there wasn’t an ‘X’ on the tiny box for EPO.”

Either way, van der Burgh now has the top time in the world to his credit, perhaps alongside Peaty.

Peaty snared the second seed in the sprint breast with a time of 26.68, while Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic claimed third in 26.70.

USA’s Kevin Cordes rounded out the 26s with a fourth-seeded 26.93 as his full-time training in Singapore with Sergio Lopez is taking form.  He’s just off Mark Gangloff’s American record of 26.86 from 2009.

Brazil’s Felipe Silva (27.10), Serbia’s Caba Siladi (27.19), New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders (27.23) and Brazil’s Felipe Lima (27.37) rounded out the top eight.

Germany’s Hendrik Feldwehr (27.41), France’s Giacomo Perez-Dortona (27.42), Russia’s Kirill Prigoda (27.43), Slovenia’s Peter John Stevens (27.46), Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin (27.47), Italy’s Andrea Toniato (27.47), Uzbekistan’s Vlad Mustafin (27.51) and Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis (27.51) also made the semis.


  • Men’s 50 breast
  • Women’s 200 free
  • Men’s 200 fly
  • Men’s 800 free