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Van der Burgh bags silver at Fina World Championship

The South African Olympic gold-medallist was first in the water and lead for almost the entire race.

FILE: Cameron van der Burgh. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Cameron van der Burgh suffered yet another nail-biting loss to his British rival Adam Peaty in the men's 100m breaststroke final at the Fina World Championship in Kazan, Russia.

The South African Olympic gold-medallist was first in the water and lead for almost the entire race, but Peaty mounted an impressive comeback during the final stages to beat van der Burgh to the wall in a time of 58.52 seconds and capture the gold.

Van der Burgh finished in a time of 58.59 to claim the silver medal.

It was South Africa's second medal overall after Chad Ho, who won gold in the 5km open water swim.