Cameron van der Burgh wins silver in Rio

THANDO CELE

South Africa’s first medal at this year’s Rio Olympics came from Cameron van der Burgh. Van der Burgh returned as the defending 100 m breaststroke champion from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The two-time Olympian took the silver medal in the men’s 100 m breaststroke on Sunday 8 August in a time of 58.69 s, behind Great Britain’s Adam Peaty who took gold in a world record time of 57.13 s.

 

It was a tough build-up to the Olympics for Van der Burgh as he struggled for consistency in the heats and the semi-finals. He qualified third fastest for the final with a time of 59.21 s in the semis, a significant difference from his final time to claim silver. The 28-year-old had hoped for sub-57 s time, but nevertheless made South Africa proud.

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