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THOUGH breaststroke world record-holder Cameron van der Burgh broke two more records at the Telkom National Short Course Championships in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, he said the thrill of competing is worth much more than the prize money.
But with his world 50m and 100m records in Pietermaritzburg, he is sure to be in the money at the Fina-Arena Swimming World Cup series later this year.
Van der Burgh, who set world record times of 25,43 seconds for the 50m and 56,39sec for the 100m, is buoyant after also winning the 50m gold and the 100m bronze at the World Championships in Rome two weeks ago.
"In the World Cup series I get $10000 (about R80000) every time I break a world record, so taking time off the world records here in Pietermaritzburg will make it harder for me to earn that kind of money in the World Cup series. Still, it shows I swim for the passion first, not the money," Van der Burgh said.
"It's not like athletics. I can't raise the bar a centimetre at each event. I can't control speed according to fractions of a second. I just have to race as fast as possible.
"I am in good form right now in KwaZulu-Natal straight after the World Championships, and with the Swimming World Cup in Durban from October 16 to 17, I will have to see how my form is then. But King's Park (Aquatics Centre in Durban) is even more conducive to fast times."
Roland Schoeman set his 10th world record with a time of 20,30 in the 50m freestyle. - Sapa