The first signs of Cameron’s assault on the 50m World Record came at the World Cup in Durban on 17 October when he broke his own SA and Africa Record of 26.61sec bringing it down to 26.45sec. More was to come as the following day he was a 7/100th off his own SA and Africa 100m Breaststroke record, clocking 57.99sec.
Two weeks later, in Singapore on 1 November, he again lowered the 50m SA and Africa Record, this time to 26.37sec; inching ever closer to the World Record of 26.17 set by Oleg Lisogor of Ukraine back in 2006.
Then in Moscow on 8 November, the 5th leg of the 7 leg World Cup Series, Cameron Van Den Bergh became the fastest man ever over the 50m Breaststroke. The 20-year-old Tuks Swimmer covered the 2 lengths of the Short Course Pool in 26.08 sec.
It did not stop there though. On 9 November, the day after his 50m World Record, Cameron took to the pool again. This time in the 100m Breaststroke. If the 50m record was almost expected, the 100m certainly wasn’t. Cameron blitzed the 4 laps of the pool in 56.88sec to become the first person to go under the 57sec mark. Not only that, he also was more than &12; second faster than the previous World Record of Ed Moses which stood at 57.47sec.
The two World Records have certainly made an impact on the World Cup Swimming Series. Cameron pocketed $20 000 as Swimmer of the Meet. That is in addition to the $1500 he won in each of his wins, bringing his total Prize Money for the weekend to $23 000.
“I’m going to invest my money now,” Van den Burgh said after the race. “I think it would be a correct decision.”
“I was only 4th in the overall rank before this meet but now my results are somewhat higher. I know one thing very well - don't stop at the top,” he added.
The series winner goes home with $100 000, 2nd with $50 000 and third with $30 000. With two more legs to go of the World Cup Series (Stockholm 11 and 12 Nov and Berlin 15/16 Nov), Cameron is in with a very real shout at a spot in the top three, if not an overall Series win.
Going into the Moscow Leg he was lying 4th on the Rankings with a total of 50 points. His two victories and the two World Records over the weekend see him add another 65 points catapulting Cameron to the top of the Rankings with 115 points.
Australia’s Christian Sprenger has lost his top spot and now lies second with 85 points; Robert Hurley (Aus) is third on 81 points with Matt Jaukowic (Aus) in 4th on 77 points.
Only the best race of the meet per swimmer gets maximum points (25), no matter how many races swam by the individual. Cameron leapfrogged to the top of the rankings courtesy of the 40 bonus points he was awarded for two World Records.