Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) turned the tables on his 100m breaststroke conqueror Christian Sprenger (AUS) to reclaim the world 50m breaststroke crown by the tiny margin of one-hundredth of a second at the FINA World Championships. Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Van der Burgh had to settle for silver behind Sprenger in the 100 event on Day 2 but levelled the score in the 50.
Van der Burgh, 50m gold medallist in 2009 and bronze medallist in 2007 and 2011, won the one-length sprint in 26.77, 0.10 seconds outside his own world record, with Sprenger - Olympic 100m breaststroke silver medallist behind Van der Burgh in 2012 - touching in 26.78. Giulio Zorzi, Van der Burgh's South African team-mate, snatched the bronze in 27.04, himself just 0.01 seconds ahead of fourth-placed Damir Dugonjic of Slovenia.
World Record: Cameron van der Burgh (RSA), 26.67 – July 29, 2009 in Rome (ITA)
Championships Record: Cameron van der Burgh (RSA), 26.67 – July 29, 2009 in Rome (ITA)
Best performance of the current season (since January 2013): Cameron van der Burgh (RSA), 26.77 – July 31, in Barcelona (ESP)
2003-2011 winners in this event: 2003 – James Gibson (GBR, 27.56); 2005 – Mark Warnecke (GER, 27.63); 2007 – Oleg Lisogor (UKR, 27.66); 2009 – Cameron vd Burgh (RSA, 26.67); 2011 – Felipe Franca Silva (BRA, 27.01)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Oleg Lisogor (UKR, 2001 & 2007)
Not in the Olympic programme
source : Barcelona 2013 - FINA Live Blog