Cameron van der Burgh

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Cameron van der Burgh
Cameron van der Burgh.jpg
Personal information
Full name Cameron van der Burgh
Nationality South Africa
Born (1988-05-25) 25 May 1988 (age 26)
Pretoria, South Africa
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke

Cameron van der Burgh (born 25 May 1988 in Pretoria) is a South African swimmer.[1]

He is Africa's first home-trained world record holder and individual male Olympic Champion[2] He trains with Dirk Lange and is based in Pretoria. 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. Twice he has won the FINA overall World Cup.

Van der Burgh obtained his first world long-course record (27.06s) 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 gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in a new world record time of 58.46 seconds,[3] and paid tribute to late world champion Alexander Dale Oen afterwards.[4] Van der Burgh later admitted to breaking the rules by utilising illegal dolphin kicks during the race which was confirmed by video replays showing Van der Burgh taking three dolphin kicks.[5][6] Subsequently FINA have suggested they may consider underwater video evidence to judge results, although van der Burgh's results and medal are not under threat.[6]

Life outside the pool[edit]

Van der Burgh went to Glenstantia Primary as a young boy[7] but matriculated at Crawford college in 2006[8] He now studies Financial Management through UNISA part-time and is interested in becoming an entrepreneur after his swimming career.[9] Cameron since the London Olympics has received various awards including South African Style Icon 2012[10] GQ 7th best dressed man 2012,[11] and has gone on to make various magazine covers and appeared in South African TV shows. He has made many appearances around the country giving motivational speeches and attending gala dinners. He has been linked to a few charities and recently fed underprivileged kids in Alexandria with his Olympic earnings[12]

Sponsors[edit]

Cameron has signed many lucrative endorsement deals since the London Olympics. These include Arena[13] Investec[14] Audi[15] USN[16] Tag Heuer[17] with his most recent being a four year deal with multi-brand corporation Procter & Gamble as the new Head and Shoulders ambassador joining the likes of Michael Phelps, Lionel Messi and Jenson Button[18] and estimates to be earning between $200 000 to $400 000 per annum[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team SA profile – Cameron van der Burgh". SouthAfrica.info. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.supersport.com/olympics/south-africa/news/120729/Van_der_Burgh_bags_gold_medal
  3. ^ Linden, Julian (29 July 2012). "South Africa's van der Burgh wins men's 100m breaststroke gold medal". Reuters. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18904545
  5. ^ "Swimmer admits to breaking the rules during gold-medal performance in London". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh says he's the 'victim' in dolphin-kicking furore". news.com.au. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.glenstantia.co.za/NEWSLETTER/Newsletters%20pdf%20format/2009/Newsletter%2024%20-%202009.pdf
  8. ^ http://crawfordschools.co.za/?p=7258
  9. ^ http://crawfordschools.co.za/?p=2910
  10. ^ http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2012/11/26/olympian-cameron-in-style
  11. ^ http://lifeissavage.com/2012/10/23/ty-keogh-wins-gq-south-africa-best-dressed-men-awards-2012-pic/
  12. ^ http://www.sport24.co.za/OtherSport/Cameron-donates-cow-to-charity-20120821
  13. ^ http://www.arenainternational.com/athletes/cameron-van-der-burgh_en_0_4_787.html
  14. ^ http://www.investec.co.za/about-investec/sponsorship/other-sponsorships/cameron-van-der-burgh.html?gclid=CKO69sGJorYCFUfMtAodxjkAUw
  15. ^ http://www.sport24.co.za/OtherSport/Olympics2012/New-wheels-for-Van-der-Burgh-20120813
  16. ^ http://www.sportindustry.co.za/news/view/5434/usn-partners-with-olympic-gold-medallist
  17. ^ http://www.picotandmoss.co.za/news-and-events/latest-news/6/congratulations-cameron-van-der-burgh
  18. ^ http://www.jucyafrica.com/another-sponsorship-deal-for-cameron-van-der-burgh
  19. ^ http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/swimming-stars-could-earn-millions-report-20120803/

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Felipe França Silva
World Record Holder
Men's 50 Breaststroke

29 July 2009 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Oleg Lisogor
World Record Holder
Men's 50 Breaststroke (25m)

8 November 2008 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Australia Brenton Rickard
Men's 100-metre breaststroke
world record holder (long course)

58.46

29 July 2012–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ed Moses
World Record Holder
Men's 100 Breaststroke (25m)

9 November 2008 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Tunisia Oussama Mellouli
Swimming World Magazine's
African Swimmer of the Year

2009–2011
Succeeded by
South Africa Chad le Clos
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Randall Bal
FINA World Cup
Overall Male Winner

2008, 2009
Succeeded by
Brazil Thiago Pereira