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Chad, Cameron through to finals

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos on Tuesday evening safely booked their lanes in the finals of their respective events at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Van de Burgh (26.74) came second behind Brazil Felipe Lima (26.68) in his 50m breaststroke semifinal after fluffing his final touch at the wall.

But Britain’s Adam Peaty managed to send another ominous message as he broke the event’s world record for a second time in one day.

Peaty became the first man to break the 26-second barrier as he touched the wall in 25.95 to win his semifinal.

Peaty’s mark from the morning heats was 26.10.

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Later, Le Clos finished third in his semifinal after a strange race that saw him go out fast lead for three laps and fade badly down the final straight.

Hungarian Laszlo Cseh (1:54.22) and Tamas Kenderesi (1:54.98) took first and second place – much to the delight of the home crowd – while Le Clos took third in 1:55.09.

Both the 50m breaststroke and 200m butterfly finals are set for Wednesday evening.

Le Clos will be in action on Wednesday morning in the men’s 100m freestyle heats.

South African Ayrton Sweeney will swim the 200m individual medley heats.


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