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South African Swimmers Score in Moscow

11. November 2009 by Michelle 0 Comments

This past weekend, South African swimmers were the men’s top 3 point scorers at the Fina World Cup in Moscow, with Russian swimmers finishing fourth and fifth.


The highest points’ scorer of the event was Cameron van der Burgh, winner of the 2008 World Cup overall title. He completed the 50 meter breaststroke in a record time of 25.58 seconds. Roland Schoeman came in second, which earned him the second highest number of points. But it was George Du Rand who wowed with the biggest highlight of the event, breaking the world record in the 200 meter backstroke and giving him the third highest point total.


Records continued to be shattered with Van der Burgh’s record of 56.36 seconds in the 100 meter breaststroke and Schoeman’s record of 20.88 seconds in the 50 meter freestyle. Schoeman has set 7 world records in his career, adding the World Cup record of 22.30 seconds in the 50 meter butterfly.


After 2 legs of the Fina World Cup, Schoeman and Van der Burgh hold second and third place in the overall ranking, right behind American Peter Marshall. Three legs still remain which will take place in Stockholm, Berlin, and Singapore. The Stockholm event began yesterday and already swift swimming Schoeman beat his own 50 meter butterfly world record.