Van Der Burgh Wins First Medal For South Africa At Rio Olympics


South African Swimming champ, Cameron Van der Burgh has secured a worthy Silver medal for South Africa. This will be the first medal South Africa is winning at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Cameron Van der Burgh is the first home-grown world record holder and individual male Olympic Champion in Africa.

He came second for men’s 100m breaststroke on Sunday in a time of 58.69 which earned him a silver medal. The winner of the night was British Adam Peaty in a time of 57.13. Adrian Moorhouse came in 3rd place.

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It is worthy to mention that Cameron Van der Burgh won a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics in London; where he set a new world record time of 58.46 seconds.

The South African’s 2007 debut in international swimming competitions earned him a bronze medal. In 2010 he won the 50m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games in a time of 27.18 seconds.

He also represented his country during the 2008, Summer Olympics. As long as swimming is involved Van der Burgh is a force to be reckoned with.

Cameron Van der Burgh is a 3 time winner of FINA overall World Cup. According to Van der Burgh this is the “second best performance” of his life.

“You know‚ I don’t really care about times I just care about medals and that’s what you get remembered by‚ not by what times you did.”

“World records get broken all the time. At least when I retire my tally will say Olympic gold‚ Olympic silver.” – Cameron Van der Burgh.

The part-time student of Financial Management did not also forget to commend himself.

“I am super proud of myself.”

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As an incentive prior to the Olympic games, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) promised a reward of R500,000, R200,000 and R80,000 for gold, silver and bronze medal winners respectively.

In other words, Van der Burgh just earned himself a cash prize of R200,000.

South Africa is indeed pulling interesting weight in the ongoing Olympics. Although SA lost to Sweden in the women’s soccer tournament, the men ended the match with Brazil in a scoreless draw.

Another big win in swimming at the Olympics is the United States, courtesy of Michael Phelps who just recorded his 19th Olympic gold medal. He won the 400 freestyle relay race.