August 4, 2015 / 7:08 AM / 2 years ago

Van der Burgh sets 50 meters breaststroke world record

Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa swims to set a new world record in the men's 50m breaststroke preliminaries at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh set a world record for the men’s 50 meters breaststroke in the qualifying heats at the world swimming championships on Tuesday.

The defending champion’s time of 26.62 seconds broke his previous mark of 26.67 seconds, set at the world championships in Rome in 2009.

Reporting by Rod Gilmour; Editing by John O'Brien

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