Cameron van der Burgh is a South African swimmer. He is Africa's first home-trained world record holder. He trains with Dirk Lange and is based in Cape Town. He has represented South Africa at the 2008 Summer Olympics and at the 2012 Summer Olympics where he won the gold medal at the 100m 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 50m 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, and paid tribute to late world champion Alexander Dale Oen afterwards.
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