South African Short Course Championships: Flash! Cameron Van Der Burgh Sets Another World Record

PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, August 9. A day after setting world records in the 50 and 100 breast, Cameron van der Burgh was at it again at the South African Short Course Championships.

van der Burgh lowered his 100 breast world record set during the semifinal rounds with a winning effort of 55.99 to become the first man under 56 seconds. That performance eliminated his 56.39 set yesterday.

Here are the comparative splits:
Today: 25.99, 55.99 (30.00)
Yesterday: 26.04, 56.39 (30.35)

van der Burgh has completely altered the landscape of the event in the past year with the following progressions:

57.47 Ed Moses, USA – Stockholm 1-23-02
56.88 Cameron van der Burgh, RSA – Moscow 11-09-08
56.39sf Cameron van der Burgh, RSA – Pietermaritzburg 08-08-09
55.99 Cameron van der Burgh, RSA – Pietermaritzburg 08-09-09

Event 59 Men 100 SC Meter Breaststroke
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2009Africa-S: 56.88 09/11/2008CAMERON VD BURGH-World Cup Mos, RSA
2009SA-Short: 56.88 08/11/2008CAMERON VD BURGH at Fina Arena, TUKS-NT
2009World Sh: 56.88 09/11/2008Cameron vd Burgh-World Cup-Mos, RSA
Meet Qualifying: 1:02.06
Name Age Team Semis Finals
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=== Finals ===

1 VD Burgh, Cameron 21 Players-NT 56.39 55.99
25.99 55.99 (30.00)
2 Versfeld, Neil 24 SEAL-KZ 58.00 58.88
27.42 58.88 (31.46)
3 Diering, William 23 Tuks-NT 1:00.49 59.75
27.99 59.75 (31.76)
4 Oliver, Ashley 21 Maties-WP 1:00.91 1:00.13
28.14 1:00.13 (31.99)
5 Langley, Chris 19 WATR-CG 1:01.97 1:01.93
28.79 1:01.93 (33.14)
6 Karsten, Warren 19 Players-NT 1:01.96 1:02.44
28.51 1:02.44 (33.93)
7 Parkin, Terence 29 SEAL-KZ 1:02.01 1:02.63
29.41 1:02.63 (33.22)
8 Napier-Jameson, Matth 18 MDOL-CG 1:02.38 1:02.65
29.33 1:02.65 (33.32)