SA swimming champs win gold

Cameron van der Burgh and Chad Le Clos won gold 30 minutes apart last night at the Commonwealth Games.

South Africa’s Chad le Clos poses on the podium during the Men’s 100m Butterfly medal ceremony at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on 28 July, 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG -Team South Africa won two more gold medals at the Commonwealth Games after swimming superstars Cameron van der Burgh and Chad Le Clos won gold 30 minutes apart last night.

Le Clos won the 100m Butterfly in a games record time of 51.29 seconds while van der Bergh won the 50m breaststroke

Van der Burgh admitted the challenge of beating English teenager Adam Peaty fired him to victory in the 50 metres breaststroke final at the Commonwealth Games on Monday.

He won in a Commonwealth Games record 26.76sec, just 0.02 ahead of a charging Peaty, who had clinched the 100m title a few nights earlier.

Then, Le Clos took to the water and smashed the Commonwealth Games record in the 100m butterfly, touching the wall in 51.29. That was the fifth medal of his in these championships and he remains on course for the seven that he had targeted.

"The last 48 hours have been difficult. I've had to reassess my values, find the love for doing this again. After the 100m, I had no motivation. These two boys reminded me of when I was younger- fearless. Now I am the old ballie," said the 26-year-old.

Physically I felt fine but emotionally I was not feeling good. In London [2012] I probably had it too easy, I won too easily. Now I must reassess things. I'm not a quitter and I'll be in Rio for the next Olympics. But I have never set the next goal. Now I need to start putting targets out there. These two boys [England's Ben Proud and Scotland's Ross Murdoch, both 20] were like I used to be. I've got to have that fire in the chest again."

Le Clos admitted that he wanted to make a statement and go under 51 seconds.

"On the blocks I thought what would Phelps think? But in the end all I try do is win my races. This was the fastest time in the world this year."

"Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. I've got two hard races, one in the 200m individual medley and one in the relay. I think we [South Africa] have got a really good shot in the relay," he added.