Van Der Burgh Flying Out to Norway; Will Miss Finals of 100 Breaststroke

Big thanks to Karien Jonckheere for contributing to this report. Karien is a South African freelance sports journalist who, among other accomplishments, was one of three chief writers of the official daily Olympic and Paralympic programs and magazines.

Another wrench has been thrown into the South African World Championship Trials: breaststroke superstar Cameron van der Burgh will fly out tonight for the Bergen Swim Festival, which has been declared a tribute meet to the late, great Norwegian breaststroker Alexander Dale Oen (see more on that honor here on SpeedEndurance).

This means that when the meet resumes on Wednesday, after Tuesday’s delay due to the poor quality of the water, Van de Burgh will not be in the 100 breaststroke final. According to South African rules, if a swimmer hits an automatic qualifying mark in the prelims or semi-finals, it can be considered if both spots are not filled in finals. Fortunately for van der Burgh, he pushed just enough in the semi’s to hit that “A” time, and with nobody else likely to do so in finals, the South African committee can still select him for Worlds (though they are not mandated to).

Swimmers were allowed to get in the water for warmups on Tuesday morning, and at that time the pool was considerably clearer (though still green). That warmup, however, churned up sediment at the bottom of the pool, which once again created issues with visibility.

See Also:

Full day 1 meet recap.
Myles Brown couldn’t see en route to missing qualifying standard by .25 seconds
Swimmers arrive to Green Pool in South Africa.


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7 years ago

Well done, VDB.

7 years ago

Don’t blame him one bit. Good for him to leave that mess and go somewhere where he can be successfull, and salute his old friend.

7 years ago

Why didn’t they vacuum the sediment before the pool was used for warm up?

I mean, in my local neighborhood pool, that’s how they clean up the pool regularly. And my country is not a rich country.

That south africa pool shows just how messed up their national swimming association must be.

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