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Cameron’s medals nicked

Crime respects no-one, including international sports stars around the globe, writes Mark Etheridge.

Our own international swimming ace, Cameron van der Burgh and All Black rugby star Sonny Bill Williams became the latest victims in the space of 24 hours this weekend.

Van der Burgh, breaststroke world recordholder and Olympic gold medal hopeful, had his 24th birthday soured when most of his medals and trophies were stolen in a burglary at his home in Pretoria.

Said the young swimmer on his Twitter feed: “Just been cleaned out at home. Besides my Macs with pics, they took all of my irreplaceable world cup medals and trophies. Gutted”

Some years back Olympic bronze medal swimmer Marianne Kriel also had her medal stolen but the gods were smiling on her as the irreplaceable medal was found in a Cape Town dustbin and returned to her.

And Beijing Paralympic medallist Charl Bouwer’s gold medal from Beijing were also stolen this year, from his parents’ house in Kimberley. The medal has still not been found.

Williams’ returned home after helping the Chiefs beat the Bulls in a Super 15 rugby match in New Zealand on Friday to feel anything but bullish but later said that times stolen were “nothing that can’t be replaced.”


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