Cameron van der Burgh brought his career to an emphatic end claiming the 50-100m breaststroke golden double at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Hangzhou, China on Sunday.
Van der Burgh, who earlier this week announced his retirement from competitive swimming, added the 50m breaststroke gold medal to the 100m title.
Producing a characteristic classy performance, Van der Burgh won his fourth gold medal over five championships to extend his total medal tally to eight.
He touched first in a new championship record of 25.41 seconds with Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich and Brazil’s Felipe Lima finishing second and third in 25.77 and 25.80 respectively.
“It is better to end my career now, 2018 has been an amazing year, getting married and becoming a Commonwealth champion and now a double world champion. It will be hard to beat this year,” Van der Burgh said.
“I am more than happy [with the decision to retire]. I have prepared for my next life and I have started that, so I am not sad at all.
“It is more than a happy ending. It is not every athlete that gets to ride into the sunset as a double world champion.”
Earlier, Chad le Clos won his fourth medal of the championships finishing third in the 100m freestyle final.
It is South Africa’s second medal in the blue riband event at the championships after swimming legend Ryk Neethling won gold at the 2006 edition.
Rising American star Caeleb Dressel won a close tussle for the first three places slamming into the wall with a time of 45.62 with Russian swimmer Vladimir Morozov touching second in 45.64.
Le Clos finished shortly behind them in third place with 45.89 beating Russia’s Vladislav Grinev by the narrowest of margins for bronze.
“I was slightly nervous. It was a big field and I was right next to the big guys and obviously, I am disappointed not to win, but fair play to the other guys,” Le Clos said.
“I almost finished fourth, but it was a fun race and I enjoyed it.”