2018 FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, December 11th- Sunday, December 16th
- Hangzhou, China
- Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
- SCM (25m)
- Prelims: 9:30 am local, 8:30 pm ET / Finals: 7:00 pm* local, 6:00* am ET
- *The final night of finals will be one hour earlier, starting at 6:00 pm local and 5:00 am ET
- Live Results (Omega)
South African breaststroker Cameron van der Burgh has announced his retirement from competitive swimming on Wednesday, after winning the World Short Course Championship in the men’s 100m breaststroke.
In his post-race press conference, the World Record holder said that this will be the last meet of his career (he still has the 50 breaststroke to swim). That wasn’t swayed by the fact that he broke the Championship Record as the last elite 100 breaststroke of his career.
Van der Burgh had announced previously that he would retire after the 2020 Olympic Games, but after getting married in July and accepting a new job at Andurand Capital Management, a large oil-focused hedge fund based in London, he has decided that now is time. Another Olympic champion, Clement Lefert, has worked at the same company for 5 years.
Van der Burgh took an Olympic silver medal in the 100 breaststroke in Rio in 2016 and a gold medal in the same event in 2012, though controversially he’d admit after London that he knowingly took extra dolphin kicks on his pullouts in violation of the rules.
He’s also the World Record holder in both the 50 and 100 short course meters breaststrokes, and previously held both records in long course before Brit Adam Peaty broke them.
Van der Burgh enters the 50 breaststroke on Thursday as just the 19th seed, but after winning the 100 breast becomes a favorite to land on the podium (although he’ll face some extreme 50m specialists like Fabio Scozzoli of Italy and Felipe Lima of Brazil).
In commemoration of his retirement, FINA has put together a highlight real of all 16 of van der Burgh’s World Championship medal races