Cameron Van Der Burgh celebrates his gold medal in the Commonwealth Games 50m breastroke on Monday. Photo: REUTERS/David Gray
Cameron Van Der Burgh celebrates his gold medal in the Commonwealth Games 50m breastroke on Monday. Photo: REUTERS/David Gray
Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa reacts after winning the 100m breaststroke final. Photo:  EPA/DARREN ENGLAND
Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa reacts after winning the 100m breaststroke final. Photo: EPA/DARREN ENGLAND

JOHANNESBURG - South African swimming legends Cameron van der Burgh and Tatjana Schoenmaker gave the country double gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Tuesday.

Van der Burgh won his third consecutive 50m breaststroke gold medal at the Games, beating world record-holder Adam Peaty and posting a new Commonwealth record of 26.58 seconds.

The London 2012 Olympic champion made sure he got a lead on Peaty and he held on for dear life to beat the Briton by 0.04.

In the very next race Schoenmaker raced to her second gold medal at the quadrennial showpiece by smashing Penny Heyns’ South African and African record clocking 1:06.41.

Schoenmaker shaved 0.1 off the South African legend’s record from 1999 which was a world record at the time.

She completed her ascension as the queen of South African swimming earlier in the Games when she smashed the African 200m breaststroke chopping more than a second off Suzaan van Bijon’s continental record she set at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

IOL Sport

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