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Cameron’s quest for glory
- Updated: April 8, 2009
Cameron van der Burgh’s quest for Olympic glory takes another stroke forward in Durban’s King’s Park Pool next week.
It’s the Telkom national aquatic championships and Van der Burgh, the king of the short-course scene will be working on his long term goal of glory at the 2012 Olympics in London.
His record-breaking spree on the Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup circuit late last year saw him secure the world short-course 50 metre mark (25.94sec in Stockholm) as well as the 100m breaststroke record (56.88sec in Moscow).
It also gained him no measure of financial security with a total circuit haul of US$100 000 for topping the points standings.
For good measure he also netted silver and bronze in the 100 and 50m breaststroke at the world short-course championships in Manchester, England a year ago.
Having spent two weeks training in Tokyo under the watchful eye of Japanese national team head coach Norimasa Hirai ÔÇô former mentor to 100 and 200 metres Beijing Olympic breaststroke gold medallist Kosuke Kitajima ÔÇô Van der Burgh’s eyes have been opened and he believes that his new stroke is worth the work and wait if ultimate success is to be achieved.
So this month’s national championships and the world championships in Rome in June will all be stepping stones to London.
‘It’s going to be 6 to 8 months before I can swim fast times in the breaststroke races, but I know that my new stroke will benefit my swimming greatly in the long run, allowing for me to maintain speed for a longer period of time in the water,’ said Van der Burgh.
Will SA’s swim stars be able to catch and beat the best in the world?
‘It’s hard to say as its down to what the world swimming officials will allow as far as the state-of-the-art swimsuits are concerned,’ said Van der Burgh, referring to the individuals wearing them as ‘supermen in suits.