Records for Diering and van den Burgh

Posted on October 24, 2008

Held over two days (18/18 October) at the Kings Park Swimming Pool, the meet in Durban was the second of 7 World Cup Meets to take place over 7 weeks on all the major continents. The first taking place in Belo Horizonte, Brasil.

Cameron Van Den Burgh made up for his disqualification at last years World Cup in Durban scorching to victory in the 50m Breaststroke in a new SA and Africa Record of 26.45sec, breaking the 26.61sec he swam for his Bronze at the World Short Course Championships in Manchester in April. He came incredibly close to breaking his own 100m Breaststroke SA and Africa record. Cameron clocking 57.99sec. His record stands at 57.92sec which he also set in Manchester on his way to winning Silver.

William Diering continued his rapid improvement when he broke his own 200m Breaststroke SA and Africa record. He may have had to settle for Silver in Durban, but he brought his own record down to 2:06;07, almost a second faster than the time he swam in Manchester to claim the Bronze at the World Short Course Championships (2:06;85).

In Durban in 2007, Suzaan Van Biljon won the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke at the World Cup. After having reduced her volume in training after the Olympics, Suzaan was not quite at the same level she was going into Beijing or this time round last year. That did not stop her though from claiming the Gold in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke races. It was in her favourite event though where the lack of volume in training came through. Sitting in second at the halfway mark, Suzaan ran out of steam and had to settle for 4th in the event in which she won the World Short Course title.

Tuks coach of the year Igor Omelchenko and Head Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Steven Ball, were elated by the progress made by Yolana Du Plessis. After a injury stopped her swimming career in the breaststroke, Yolana switched to the backstroke and has been improving quite remarkably. After only 4 months of training, Yolana finished 3rd at the Telkom South African Short Course Championships in the 100m Backstroke. In Durban she brought her PB down by almost 2seconds to finish 5th and a mere 7/10ths off Charlene Wittstocks 7 year old SA and Africa Record of 1:00;16. Yolana’s time 1:00;81.

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