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Cameron VAN DER BURGH
Sport Swimming
NOC South Africa   
GenderMen
Born25 May 1988 in Pretoria, SAF
Height1.85 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Nefeli
Residence
London, ENG
Occupation
Businessperson, Motivational Speaker
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Finance - University of South Africa: Pretoria, RSA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age 10.
Why this sport?
He was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD] and used swimming as an outlet for his energy.
General Interest
Nicknames
Killa Cam, VDB (Facebook profile, 23 Apr 2013; swimswam.com, 15 Sep 2015)
Hobbies
Olympic sports, football, rugby, current affairs, business, travel, cooking, fashion, public speaking. (Facebook page, 29 Jun 2018)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Facebook page, 03 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
South African swimmer Penny Heyns. (iol.co.za, 23 Jun 2018)
Injuries
He was troubled by a shoulder injury in 2014. (citizen.co.za, 01 Aug 2015)

He broke his ankle at age 16. (goodtaste.co.za, 06 Jun 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Remember why you started in the sport and what made you fall in love with it in the first place." (swimsam.com, 26 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received a Presidential award and an Order of Ikhamanga, which recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism, and sport. (swimswam.com, 21 Aug 2016; cameronvdburgh.com, 10 Jul 2014)

He was named Sportsman of the Year at the 2013 South African Sports Awards. (sport.iafrica.com, 18 Nov 2013)

He was named the 2011 Swimmer of the Year at the Swimming South Africa Annual Aquatic Awards. (sport24.co.za, 12 Nov 2011)

He was South Africa's flag bearer at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (Facebook page, 03 Sep 2016)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In December 2018 he announced his retirement from competitive swimming after winning a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke at the 2018 World Short Course Championships in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China. "It is the last [100m breast]. It is sad, but I am happy to end on a high. The last 25 meters was the most pain I have ever had in my life in swimming, so it was a good way to finish. It is funny how these things turn out. At least I have no loose ends to tie up or reason to come back." (olympics.nbcsports.com, 12 Dec 2018)

INTERNATIONAL FIRST
He became the first man to earn four world championship medals in the 50m breaststroke when he won gold in the event at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. He had previously claimed gold in 2009, and bronze in both 2007 and 2011. He has since gone on to win a further two medals in the event at the world championships, finishing with silver in 2015 and another bronze in 2017. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Aug 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In September 2018 he began serving on the newly formed Swimming SA Athletes' Committee. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 05 Sep 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has also studied investment management at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa. (Facebook profile, 21 Dec 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Breaststroke 2:12.67
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Breaststroke 58.69
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2012 London, ENG 100m Breaststroke 58.46 
Semifinal 2008 Beijing, CHN 100m Breaststroke 1:00.57
7 2008 Beijing, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:33.70
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke  DNS
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 26.60
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:12.37
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 26.66
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 58.59
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Breaststroke 26.77
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Breaststroke 58.97
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:36.22
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Breaststroke 27.19
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Breaststroke 59.49
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
3 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Breaststroke 58.95
1 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Breaststroke 26.67
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
4 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 200m Breaststroke 2:15.10
Semifinal 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 100m Breaststroke 1:01.80
3 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 50m Breaststroke 27.88
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Breaststroke 56.01
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Breaststroke 25.41
1 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Breaststroke 25.64 
Semifinal 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Breaststroke 57.67
2 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 25.87
4 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 56.80
8 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
2 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Breaststroke 26.03
1 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Breaststroke 56.80
3 2008 Manchester, ENG 50m Breaststroke 26.67
2 2008 Manchester, ENG 100m Breaststroke 57.92
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2017   Overall  
2 2017 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 56.38
1 2017 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 25.49
1 2017 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 25.70
1 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 56.11
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 50m Breaststroke 25.63
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Breaststroke 25.80
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Breaststroke 56.43
5 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.66
1 2017 Moscow, RUS 100m Breaststroke 56.30
1 2016 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 25.75
3 2016 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:06.26
1 2016 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 56.56
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 100m Breaststroke 56.64
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 50m Breaststroke 25.88
1 2016 Paris, FRA 50m Breaststroke 25.98
1 2016 Paris, FRA 200m Breaststroke 2:05.12
18 2012   Overall  
1 2012 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 25.95
1 2012 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 57.22
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 50m Breaststroke 26.64
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 100m Breaststroke 58.33
8 2010   Overall  
1 2010 Beijing, CHN 50m Breaststroke 26.36
1 2010 Beijing, CHN 100m Breaststroke 57.75
1 2010 Singapore, SGP 50m Breaststroke 26.21
1 2010 Singapore, SGP 100m Breaststroke 57.82
1 2009   Overall  
1 2009 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 25.25 WR
1 2009 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 55.61 WR
2 2009 Durban, RSA 50m Breaststroke 25.94
1 2009 Durban, RSA 100m Breaststroke 56.60
1 2009 Moscow, RUS 50m Breaststroke 25.58
1 2009 Moscow, RUS 100m Breaststroke 56.36
2 2009 Singapore, SGP 50m Breaststroke 25.76
1 2009 Singapore, SGP 100m Breaststroke 56.25
1 2009 Stockholm, SWE 50m Breaststroke 25.68
1 2009 Stockholm, SWE 100m Breaststroke 56.17
1 2008   Overall  
1 2008 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 26.05
1 2008 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 57.32
1 2008 Durban, RSA 50m Breaststroke 26.45
3 2008 Durban, RSA 100m Individual Medley 53.96
1 2008 Durban, RSA 100m Breaststroke 57.99
1 2008 Moscow, RUS 100m Breaststroke 56.88 WR
1 2008 Moscow, RUS 50m Breaststroke 26.08 WR
1 2008 Singapore, SGP 50m Breaststroke 26.37
3 2008 Singapore, SGP 100m Individual Medley 53.26
1 2008 Singapore, SGP 100m Breaststroke 58.19
1 2008 Stockholm, SWE 50m Breaststroke 25.94 WR
1 2008 Stockholm, SWE 100m Breaststroke 57.06
1 2007 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 26.88
1 2007 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 58.70
1 2007 Durban, RSA 200m Breaststroke 2:11.37
1 2007 Durban, RSA 100m Breaststroke 1:00.33
2 2007 Stockholm, SWE 50m Breaststroke 27.20
African Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Bloemfontein, RSA 50m Breaststroke 28.05