Cameron van der Burgh Wipes a 2009 WR Clean in 100 Breast

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) blasted a time in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke tonight at the London Aquatic Center tonight worthy of 2009. Van der Burgh was out like a rocket, in 27.07 and 0.60 under world record pace. Van der Burgh managed to hold on, breaking the world mark set by Brenton Rickard (AUS) in Rome in 2009, in a polyurethane suit.

A half second back was world record holder in the 200m Breaststroke, Christian Sprenger (AUS), picking up silver. The bronze went to Brendan Hansen (USA) in 59.49, with what is now the most successful comeback we’ve seen in the pool at these Games. Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) was locked out of the pool in fifth, posting a 59.79.

Splits Compared:

Men’s 100m Breaststroke 50m 100m (50m)
Brenton Rickard (Rome 2009) WR 27.67 58.58 (30.91)
Cameron van der Burgh (London 2012) WR 27.07 58.46 (31.39)


Brenton Rickard’s Wortld Record from Rome:

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Charlotte Petersen
8 years ago

He should have been DQ’d…..Sorry,but double kick on the start….

Reply to  Charlotte Petersen
8 years ago

then the whole final lineup should have been DQed…. just take a look at swimmers that are next to him…

TX Swimmer
Reply to  Charlotte Petersen
8 years ago

I agree. Christina Sprenger is the real winner. Three dolphin kicks at the start and he gets away with it?? Sad stuff

Reply to  TX Swimmer
8 years ago

Who cares? He still beat him by almost half a second. He would have won with no kicking at all, or even blindfolded.

Reply to  CARDINAL
8 years ago

Yeah I’m going to go out on a limb and say nope

Reply to  Charlotte Petersen
8 years ago

Not only that, NBC’s coverage showed he had a pretty obvious non-simultaneous touch at the turn.

Mark Knudsen
8 years ago

Nice to se Cameron send some thoughts to Alexander Dale Oen after the race.

8 years ago

He did not deserve this win and world record. He is a cheater and should have been DQed. he clearly took 3 fly kicks off the start and popped up way in front of everybody. This makes me sick to watch someone blatantly cheat and win Medals over people who swam a clean race. it is a disgrace