Cameron Van Der Burgh Wins South Africa’s First Olympic Medal

Cameron Van Der Burgh


Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh has claimed SA’s first medal of the Rio Olympic Games – a silver in the 100m breaststroke

Cameron was unable to retain his 2012 title, narrowly missing out to Britain’s 21-year-old Adam Peaty by 0,63 seconds to come in second place.

“It is an amazing feeling. I am super proud to add a silver to the collection, to the gold, I can’t sound disappointed at all… The real fight for me was to try and secure silver which we did so I am super stoked, silver is a nice colour as well,” Cameron was quoted saying in an IOL report.

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“The Olympics is such a massive stage I get goosebumps just walking out there again, you hear Chariots of Fire and you just want to get onto the podium again. It makes the whole four-year cycle worth it and all the sacrifices as well.”

Meanwhile US swimming legend Michael Phelps clinched his 19th Olympics gold medal on Sunday evening as part of the US swim team – including Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held and Natha Adrian won the 4x100m freestyle relay.

The win also represented Michael’s 31st medal win at the Olympics over the course of his professional swimming career.

“When I was on the block, I honestly felt like my heart was going to explode out of my chest. I was so hyped tonight. It feels good to start getting toward the end how I want to,” Michael was quoted saying in aWashington Post report.

Now, South Africa’s attention will shift to our other medal hopeful Chad le Clos who will be competing in the men’s 200m freestyle final on Tuesday.


Source: Destinyconnect

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