No pain in Spain for Team SA swimmers

Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh won their first gold medals on Wednesday night.

SPAIN, Barcelona: South Africa's Cameron Van Der Burgh celebrates after winning the final of the men's 50-metre breaststroke swimming event in the FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on July 31, 2013. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's Olympic heroes, Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos, won their first gold medals at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday.

Van der Burgh took gold in the 50 metre breaststroke and got his revenge over Australian Christian Sprenger, beating him by 0.01 seconds. On Monday night it was Sprenger who beat Van der Burgh by the smallest margin in the 100 metre race.

The big surprise for Team South Africa was Giulio Zorzi clinching an unexpected bronze medal.

Chad le Clos, who rose to stardom with a surprise victory over American Michael Phelps at the London Olympics last year, won the 200 metre butterfly in a time of 1:54.32.

The South Africans were in jubilant mood during the medal ceremony, with Van der Burgh pulling Zorzi to the top of the podium and wrapping their arms around each other's shoulders while singing the national anthem.