SABC News - Sascoc hails van der Burgh on Olympic win:Monday 30 July 2012

Sascoc hails van der Burgh on Olympic win

Monday 30 July 2012 08:23


Jubilant Olympic governing body Sascoc has congratulated swimmer Cameron van der Burgh on his and South Africa's first gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London yesterday.

Twenty-four-year-old Van der Burgh powered his way to an Olympic (at the Aquatic Centre) and world record time of 58.46 seconds in the 100-metre breaststroke event after setting an Olympic record of 58.83 in Saturday night's semi-finals.

It is South Africa's first medal of the 2012 Games and came on just the second day of competition at the Aquatic Centre.

Van der Burgh is optimistic the swimming team can bring home more medals.  Van der Burgh says the hard work he put in has paid off in the end.

South African swimmer Chad le Clos begins his Olympic medal quest in earnest today when he competes in his favourite event - the 200metre butterfly.

He will be hoping to emulate compatriot Cameron van der Burgh.

Some proud South African supporters also congratulated Van der Burgh's gold medal win.

The South African men's 4-by-100 metre freestyle relay team ended fifth in the final last night.


Ashleigh Moolman was buried in a large chase group and settled for 16th place in the women's cycling road race.

Meanwhile, Ashleigh Moolman was buried in a large chase group and settled for 16th place in the women's cycling road race.
"I did my best to cover everything, but a miscalculation on the road left me in the bunch," said Moolman, who was prominent in the lead peloton for most of the race. Joanna van de Winkel finished at the back of the same group, taking 28th position.
The other South African in the race, Robyn de Groot, finished over the time limit. he SA women's hockey team were beaten 7-1 by world number two Argentina in their pool B opener.
Dirkie Chamberlain scored their only goal 12 minutes before half-time, after receiving a pinpoint cross from Jennifer Wilson.
In badminton, the women's doubles pair of Michelle Edwards and Annari Viljoen went down in their second group match in a row, losing in straight sets to Australia's Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran.
The SA men's doubles team of Dorian James and Willem Viljoen also lost their second successive match in straight sets to the Chinese duo of Biao Chai and Guo Zhendong. - Additional reporting by Sapa


Profile of Cameron van der Burgh
Cameron van der Burgh is a South African swimmer born on 25 May 1988 in Pretoria. He obtained his first world long-course record (29;79) in the 50 m breaststroke, in the semifinals at South African nationals in April 2009. Cutting off 0.12 seconds of Oleg Lisogor's old world record set in 2002. 
He won the world title in the same year at the Rome championship, also in the 50 m breaststroke. He won the 50m breaststroke at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in a time of 27.18 seconds in a new games record and the 100m world title at the 2010 short course world championships. 
He won the 100m breaststroke at the 2012 Summer Olympics in a new world record time of 58.46 seconds, and paid tribute to late world champion Alexander Dale Oen afterwards
He is Africa's first home-trained world record holder and the youngest at the age of 20. He has represented South Africa at the 2008 Summer Olympics and at the 2012 Summer Olympics where he won the gold medal at the 100 meter breaststroke in a new world record. He has won numerous World Championship medals since his debut in 2007 when he took a bronze medal. He is studying for Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Pretoria.
World Record Holder-Men's 100m Breaststroke- 29 July 2012- present 
World Record Holder-Men's 50 Breaststroke 21 July 2009- present 
World Record Holder- Men's 50 Breaststroke (25m) 8 November 2008 – present
World Record Holder Men's 100 Breaststroke (25m) 9 November 2008 – present
Swimming World Magazine's African Swimmer of the Year 2009–2011

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