2018 C’Wealth Games: Van Der Burgh Upsets WR Holder Peaty In 50 Breast


In one of the most thrilling races of tonight’s final session in Gold Coast, Australia, Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa denied Englishman Adam Peaty his 2nd gold medal of these Commonwealth Games Championships.

Having already captured gold in the 100m breaststroke in a Games Record-setting time, Peaty completed a 4-year winning streak in that event and appeared primed to race away with the 50m sprint gold as well. But, 29-year-old Van der Burgh had other plans, as the 2012 Olympic champion crushed a winning time of 26.58 to hold off Peaty by just .04 of a second. Rapidly improving James Wilby of England took the bronze in 27.37.

“It was a great race. Credit to Van der Burgh,” Peaty told BBC Sport after the race. “I’ve been off my best all week. Even though it’s a silver, I’m more happy with that silver than I was the gold the other day.

“It gives me a reality check. Even if you are the best in the world, world record holder, you can still be beaten. I think that’s the most valuable lesson from today.

“In April I’m never this fast so I’ll take it as a positive and move on to the Europeans.”

The pair are used to battling it out all the way to the wall, as this same result transpired at the 2014 edition of the Commonwealth Games. In that year, VDB took the gold in a then-Games Record-setting time of 26.78, with Peaty touching just .02 behind in 26.76. In that race, too, both men were the only competitors to dip under the 27-second threshold.

Despite holding the World Record in this 50m breaststroke with the 25.95 he threw down for gold in Budapest at last year’s World Championships, Peaty has proven before that he is indeed mortal in this event. At last year’s European Short Course Championships, Peaty was beaten down to a 3rd place finish.

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Just Sayin

Very gracious in defeat. He’ll be back on again soon.


After 25.9 last year this is a massive surprise but Peaty looked vulnerable all week. Is he properly tapered or has he just had an easy week and a shave?

A minor point – Van Der Burgh beat Peaty in the 100m Breaststroke final at Dubai World Cup (LCM) in November 2015 so the winning streak is not 4 years (although many may view that as unimportant event).

Ex Quaker

He did say himself he’s never this fast in April so I think we have reason to be optimistic. With his muscle mass, he’s more likely to struggle when he’s not fully tapered.


Yeah, more excuses.
Should we now excuse Brazilians, Australians and South Africans because major swim meets almost always happened during their winter time?


I believe the original comment was pondering why Peaty couldn’t get near his prior form and the follow up comment was about being optimistic for the future.
Neither one of those has been making excuses for Peaty not winning gold – at most asking the question how he didn’t replicate form similar to Budapest last year.


He first broke 58 in nationals in April of 2015…


Finally got defeated after winning for 4 years!

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Seems like you were rooting for him to be defeated.

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