Van der Burgh defies the odds

David Isaacson

CAMERON van der Burgh conquered murky water and faulty equipment at the national championships in Port Elizabeth last night, but the poor visibility could yet force this gala to be postponed.

The big casualty was rising distance star Myles Brown, who narrowly missed out on a spot on the Olympic team last year, but was determined to qualify this time.

Instead he fell short in the 400m freestyle by a quarter of a second.

“I think I swam into the lane ropes a couple of times and my last turn was really bad. I turned on the wall.”

The talented swimmer who early this year beat Australian star Ryan Napoleon in the Perth Tri-Nations gala, said: “To miss out by 0.3sec is quite hard. I just couldn’t see anything.”

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