Mixed results for Team SA at Olympic Games
Defending champion Cameron van der Burgh cruised into the 100m breaststroke final.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Day one of the Olympic Games probably didn't all go to plan for Team South Africa yesterday with Louis Meintjies' seventh-place finish in the road cycling was probably the highlight.
After a solid unspectacular day for Team South Africa at the Olympics, this morning's semifinal of the 100 metres breaststroke was eagerly anticipated, following the blistering world record set by Adam Peaty in the heats.
Cameron van der Burgh, the reigning champion, had cruised in the early session and looked on course to post a quick-time in the semis, but admitted he struggled as he swam 59.21 to qualify third for the final.
Van der Burgh says that he was disappointed in his performance in the semifinals of the 100m breaststroke at the Olympic Games.
Speaking afterwards, van der Burgh says he's got things to think about.
"I'm not thrilled about the time, it would have been nice to go a little faster. A few things in the race didn't feel right. Tomorrow is another day, we can reset and evaluate what went wrong. I have an opportunity and I'm looking forward to the final."
With heats normally in the morning and early evening, they've been shifted to lunchtime and late at night in Rio. Van der Burgh says that takes quite an adjustment.
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"I guess it's strange for everyone who races at 3pm. Everybody is eating their dinner at 7:30pm and I'm having my lunch. It's a bit strange when you get into the pool and feel tired. We tried to do our preparation earlier but it's a lot harder when you do it. Tomorrow is another day. I think it will be easier."
Van der Burgh says that despite the result, he thinks he'll still perform well in the final.
Overall in the pool, Sebastien Rosseau and Michael Meyer failed to progress to the final, while Myles Brown swam a national record of 3:45.92 in the 400m freestyle but that wasn't quick enough for the final.
The moment of the final session was undoubtedly Katinka Hosszu's smashing the 400 IM record by over 2 seconds, with her husband in the stands having the 'Bert le Clos 2012 moment' of these Games so far.
Elsewhere, Banyana Banyana lost 2-0 to China, which sees them in real danger of not progressing beyond their group.
At the same time, Meintjies finished well in a gruelling road race to take seventh spot.
While the coxless rowing pair of Shaun Keeling and Lawrence Brittain were second in their heat to reach the semi-final but struggled in the conditions.
One shock was Venus Williams losing to Kirsten Flipkens in the tennis singles.
Today sees the likes of Ashley Moolman-Pasio looking at a shot at a medal in the women's road race, while Chad le Clos makes his bow in the pool.