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

Van der Burgh sets 50 meters breaststroke world record

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.

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

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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