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Cameron van der Burgh wins 50 breaststroke in close finish at world swimming championships (video)

Cameron van der Burgh

South Africa’s Cameron Van Der Burgh gestures as he celebrates after winning the final of the men’s 50-metre breaststroke swimming event in the FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on July 31, 2013. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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This event is not contested at the Olympics, and it was the first final this week without an American in the field. Cameron van der Burgh, the Olympic champ in the 100, was one tenth of a second off his world record. He won by the smallest margin possible, .01, for his second world title in the 50 breast (2009). Christian Sprenger adds silver to his gold in the 100 earlier this week. South Africa has now won three medals Wednesday.

Results
Gold: Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) 26.77

Silver: Christian Sprenger (AUS) 26.78
Bronze: Giulio Zorzi (RSA) 27.04
4. Damir Dugonjic (SLO) 27.05
5. Joao Gomes (BRA) 27.20
6. Glenn Snyders (NZL) 27.21
7. Johannes Skagius (SWE) 27.84
8. Mattia Pesce (ITA) 27.53

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