Dubai, world s/c championships, day 5 finals:
Men's 50m breaststroke
Felipe Silva (BRA) received a standing ovation, not so much for his 25.95 victory but for kneeling in prayer while his national anthem rang out after he had delivered Brazil's second gold medal of the evening in a triumph of strength. The silver went to Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) in 26.03, the bronze to Aleksander Hetland (NOR) in 26.29.
Silva, the first man in a textile suit to race inside 26sec, packed a punch in the water and then gave the air a right hook and pointed to his Brazil cap as he leapt on the lane rope. He then sank below the waterline, his hands clasped in prayer, his dream come true, his name up in lights, a championship record registered against his name.
"It's an honour to break the championship record and to be first," said Silva. "I have a fever and I'm not feeling very well so I was a little confused after the race but I'm very pleased with performance."
History in the making:
World s/c Podiums
Most world titles in this event: 3
Records (TB = best ever in a textile suit)
Most world records in this event (since specific 25m records began in 1991): 6
All-time textile rankings top 5:
From the archive:
Only one swimmer has broken the dash world record six times: Mark Warneke (GER). He reigned on the clock between 1995 and 2002. collecting the world crown along the way in 2000. Ten years after he first entered the world-record books, he added a unique line to his list of achievements: in 2005, aged 35, he became the oldest world long-course champion in history when he claimed the 50m breaststroke crown in Montreal.