Zandberg saves the best for last

ROME - South African swimmer Gerhard Zandberg saved the best for last on the final day of the 13th World Championships yesterday.

ROME - South African swimmer Gerhard Zandberg saved the best for last on the final day of the 13th World Championships yesterday.

The defending champion won bronze in the 50 backstroke, improving his new continental mark from 24.68 to 23.34 seconds.

Liam Tancock of Great Britain won the event in another new world record time of 24.04, followed by Junya Koga of Japan with silver in 24.24.

"This is brilliant. I must say it was really burning from the halfway mark till the end. I am so happy," Zandberg said.

At international swimming events, Zandberg always shares a room with fellow swimmer Cameron van der Burgh.

"We always joke that our room will win the medals, and this time around three of the four came out of our room," said Zandberg who is heading back home for the short course championships in Pietermaritzburg next week.

Sadly, there were no other successes for the South African team yesterday. South Africa finished in 14th place on the medals table - with one gold and three bronze medals, breaking 21 African records. - Sapa/AFP

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