Cameron VD Burgh In Rio Lounge With 30th Sub-Minute; Titles For Rousseau & Brown

Cameron Van Der Burgh holds the top 50 all-time South African 100m breaststroke swims - by Patrick B. Kraemer
Cameron Van Der Burgh holds the top 50 all-time South African 100m breaststroke swims - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Olympic champion Cameron Van der Burgh started the defence with efforts of 59.98 in heats followed by a 59.69 in the semis of the 100m breaststroke on the opening day of the South African Championships in Durban; Sebastien Rousseau on 4:14 for 400IM crown, Michael Meyer On 4:15; Myles Brown takes 400 free in 3:48.

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RSASprinter

According to a comment to media, VDB was happy to be under the min in the heats, looking for 59 low this evening, and hoping to be 58 in the evening tomorrow.

Decent swim from Brown, but it leaves room for wonder, his best 3:46.0 from a year ago.

Not terribly much to write home about on the woman’s side of things, unfortunately. It is only day one, but as normal, RSA will only boast a small contingent come Rio.

Nice swim for Jarred crous in 2nd on the 100 breast, would be great to see him earn a berth for Brazil.

aswimfan

RSAsprinter,

What’s Le Close schedule like?
I think he should swim only 100/200 fly and 200 free in Rio, and all three relays.
Last year he dabbled in 100 free, which was a waste of energy as he swam three rounds of maximum 100 free, resulting in non-optimal 200 free (I think he can potentially swim 1:44) and losing 200 fly.

RSASprinter

Aswimfan,

He is not swimming the 100 free. I think that he will be there for the relay if we qualify, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he hit 47.9.

I agree with you regarding the 200 free, although Chad swims to win. He is motivated by what is around him rather than the time. I will not be surprised if the 200 free and fly are sub par at nationals.

Today will tell us a little more, with the 200 free heats. I might be there on deck, so i will update this thread.

Dan smith

that,s what I observed. Chad le clos is not motivated by times but the swimmers beside him in the water. He paces off the field. If the race is fast, he swims fast. If the race is slow he swims slow. He just swims to win. So his times may be slow at the SA nationals since the field will be slow or at least slow by his standard.

aswimfan

Oh it’s good that he’s not attempting the 100 free. He’s not swimming 200 IM is he?

Hetty Oliver

Nope, from what I can see he is not swimming any IM.s.

RSASprinter

News just in. Apparently Men’s 100 backstroke heats has just produced 53.1 from a youngster named Chris Reid.

Waiting for it to be confirmed. I am not on deck.

RSASprinter

Confirmed! South Africa just need a 47 second 100 free swimmer, and we will have a decent relay:

Reid-VDB-Le Clos-?

aswimfan

If only Schoeman can roll back the years..RSA men 4×100 medley would be in medal conversation.

Hetty Oliver

Awesome for Chris, he swam under the QT at an Atlanta meet if I remember reading correctly. His Dad would’ve been so proud of him.

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