Splash and dash specialist Brad Tandy sprinted to the 50m freestyle bronze medal at the FINA Swimming World Short-Course Championships in Hangzhou, China on Friday.
It is Tandy’s second major podium finish this year after winning the silver 50m freestyle silver medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
The Olympic finalist initially touched fourth but earned the bronze medal after England’s Ben Proud, who touched third, was disqualified.
Russia’s Vladimir Morozov’s left the field in his wake touching first in a time of 20.33 seconds with rising Amercian star Caeleb Dressel taking silver in 20.54.
Tandy hit the wall in a time of 20.94, just 0.61secs behind Morozov to win South Africa’s third medal in the event in the history of the short-course championships.
Brendon Dedekind won the silver medal at the Athens 2000 championships while Gerhard Zandberg won bronze at Manchester 2008.
Tandy’s bronze medal was South Africa’s fourth of the championships adding to Chad le Clos’ gold and silver and Cameron van der Burgh’s gold.
Le Clos will be looking to become the first male swimmer to win three 50m butterfly gold medals as he defends his title for the third time on Saturday.
He qualified for the final with the second fastest time of the semi-finals winning his race in a time of 22.34.
Ryan Coetzee, who shared the 50m butterfly podium with Le Clos at the Commonwealth Games, also made it into the final finishing fourth in his race clocking 22.75.
In the 4 x 50m freestyle relay final, Le Clos, Coetzee, Tandy and Douglas Erasmus finished in fifth place with a time of 1:24.14.
In other results, Emily Visagie finished the 100m breaststroke heats in 34th place with a time of 1:09.46.
The penultimate day of the championships on Saturday will feature Rebecca Meder in the 200m individual medley, Ayrton Sweeney in the 400m individual medley, Erin Gallagher in the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle.
Le Clos will also feature in the 100m freestyle while Tandy and Van der Burgh will be in action in the 50m breaststroke.