Blast from the past: Zandberg coins world champs gold
Today in SA sports history: April 1
2007 — Gerhard Zandberg wins gold in the 50m backstroke on the final day of the world championships in Melbourne, adding to Roland Schoeman’s 50m butterfly gold and Cameron van der Burgh’s 50m breaststroke bronze. All three of SA’s medals were in non-Olympic events, which didn’t bode well for the Beijing Games the following year, when SA’s swimmers failed to reach the podium. Swimming SA subsequently insisted swimmers could not specialise in non-Olympic events, forcing them to at least qualify in races that are on the Games roster.
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