Cameron van der Burgh produced an age-defying swim at the FINA World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Hangzhou, China on Wednesday bagging the 100m breaststroke gold medal.
The 30-year-old won his seventh world short-course medal and his third in the 100m breaststroke medal adding to the 2008 Manchester silver and gold from the 2010 Dubai championships.
The breaststroke sensation has shown immense longevity performing at the highest level for more than a decade.
Van der Burgh won the 100m breaststroke gold in Dubai 2010 while claiming the 50m breaststroke title in Windsor 2016.
The South African swimming legend was expected to announce his retirement from international competition later on Wednesday.
“It means the world to me. It is my last race, so I am extremely happy. The world championship means a lot,” Van der Burgh said.
“It is the last one. It is sad but I am happy to end on a high.”
Van der Burgh stole the limelight on the second day of the world championships where he led the race from start to finish.
He won his third world short-course title in style touching the wall first in a new championship record of 56.01 seconds.
The world record holder stopped the clock just 0.40s short of the global mark he set in 2009.
Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich finished just behind him in second place clocking 56.10 with Yashuhiro Koseki of Japan rounding off the podium with 56.13.
“I am beyond happy,” an elated Van der Burgh said.
“When I made the turn at 75 metres, I knew I had a good chance and I had to hold on. Luckily it wasn’t one metre more or I would have lost that one.”