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Van der Burgh looks to make statement in final

Cameron van der Burgh will compete in the 50m breaststroke final after finishing second in his heat in a time of 26.54 seconds which was a new African and South African record.

South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh dives in. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – It’s a big day in the pool for South Africa at the Fina World Championships in Budapest.

Cameron van der Burgh will compete in the 50m breaststroke final after finishing second in his heat in a time of 26.54 seconds which was a new African and South African record.

Speaking to EWN Sport, Van der Burgh looked back on his successful heats: “The morning swim went according to plan.

“I was happy with a new personal best and African record. Moving on to the semi-finals, we made some plans and experimented on some things.”

Looking ahead to the final, Van der Burgh wants to make a statement.

“We’re looking confident and well prepared ahead of the final. It's the one that counts. I'm looking forward to having a crack at South Africa's first medal at the World Championships.”

Chad le Clos is also in action tonight in the 200m butterfly final.