Cameron van der Burgh Wins First Gold Medal for SA at London 2012 Olympics

Cameron Van Der BurghThe 2012 London Olympics are in full swing. The 30th Olympic games had its opening ceremony on the 27th of July. The first events in the Olympics started on Saturday the 28th of July.

Last night Cameron van der Burgh did South Africa proud once again. The Pretoria native won the first gold medal for South Africa at the 2012 London Olympics. Cameron did it in style. Besides breaking the Olympic, African and South African record for the 100m breaststroke in qualifying, he also broke the world record in the winning race. Quite remarkable for a 24 year old.

For those of you who did not know, South African swimmer Cameron Van Der Burgh was born in 1988 in Pretoria. When he was 20 years old he became the youngest and first home-trained world record holder in history (in 2008/9).

In other Olympic news: The SA men’s 4-by-100 metre freestyle swimming relay team ended fifth in the final last night. Cyclist Ashleigh Moolman had to settle for 16th place in the women’s cycling road race. The other South African in the race (Robyn de Groot) finished over the time limit.  The SA women’s hockey team were beaten 7-1 by Argentina in their pool B opener. The women’s doubles pair of Michelle Edwards and Annari Viljoen went down in their second group match in a row in their badminton match against a duo from Australia. The SA men’s doubles team of Dorian James and Willem Viljoen also lost their second successive match in straight sets to a Chinese duo.

So far China is dominating the 2012 London Olympics – they’ve won a total of 12 medals so far (6 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze). The United States is second on the medal standings table with 11 medals (3 Gold, 5 Silver and 3 Bronze). And Italy is third on table with a total of 7 medals (2 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze).

Watch this space for regular updates in the Sport category on the Junk Mail blog.

Henno Kruger

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