Cameron van der Burgh's world record broken

Adam Peaty smashed van der Burgh's record in the 50m breaststroke at the Fina World Championships in Kazan.

Cameron van der Burgh broke the world record in the 50 meter breaststroke at the Fina World Championships in Russia on 4 August 2015. Picture: @CameronvdBurgh via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh broke the world record in the 50m breaststroke at the Fina World Championships in Russia today.

His time of 26.62 seconds in the heats, is the same time set by Adam Peaty last year, but Peaty's time still has to be ratified.

He was the title holder for a mere six hours before Peaty set a time of 26.42 in the afternoon semi-finals.

Van der Burgh had an opportunity to better the mark in his semi-final, but could only manage a time of 26.74.

Despite that, both men qualify for tomorrow night's final.

Good morning everyone!!! #WR broken by @Cameronvdburgh some min ago stopping the clock in 26.62! #swimming #Kazan2015 #FINAworlds

If Peaty's time is made official, then he and Van der Burgh will share the world record.

WORLD RECORD!!! pic.twitter.com/MqQYjUMZCx

Earlier in the day both Chad le Clos and Sebastian Rousseau qualified for the semi-finals of the men's 200m butterfly.