Topics:  cameron van der burgh, christian sprenger, london olympics, swimming

Silver swim stuns Sprenger

Christian Sprenger has won silver in the men's 100 metre breaststroke.
Christian Sprenger has won silver in the men's 100 metre breaststroke. Getty Images / Clive Rose

AUSTRALIA'S Christian Sprenger has finished strongly to claim the silver medal in the men's 100 metre breaststroke at the London Olympics.

Sprenger motored home in the final 15 metres but was still no match for the power of the new record holder, South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh.

Van der Burgh surfaced off the blocks in the lead and was never headed, claiming the gold and the world record in a time of 58.46.

The South African's supremacy left the rest of the field to squabble for the silver and bronze medals.

However, in that battle, Sprenger proved the most worthy, turning for home in third before moving up a step on the podium with a powerful finish.

A stunned Sprenger said he 'gave it everything' in chasing down van der Burgh.

"Coming into this meet I just wanted to make a final," he said.

"I can't believe it yet. It is going to take a while to sink in."

Fellow Australian Brenton Rickard finished in sixth position.

 



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