Bronze for Van der Burgh?
Cameron van der Burgh (Gallo)
London – South African swimming star Cameron van der Burgh may be forced to settle for bronze in his 100m breaststroke event at the London Olympics, if bookmakers are to be believed.
Leading SA bookies Ladbrokes
have Van der Burgh on offer at 9/1 – joint third favourite – for the 100m breaststroke final on Sunday, July 29.
Multiple Olympic gold medal winner, Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima, is favoured for gold at 4/7, followed by his team-mate, Ryo Tateishi at 8/1.
Van der Burgh, 24, currently the holder of three world records (50m long course, 50m and 100m short course), also has seven more World Championships medals and two Commonwealth Games titles to his name.
Van der Burgh will be looking to put a forgettable Beijing Olympics in 2008 behind him, where he failed to progress beyond the semi-final stage.
Currently Van der Burgh is fourth in the world rankings with a time of 59.73 with Kitajima (58.90) and Tateishi (59.60) in the first two places. Brazil’s Felipe Franca da Silva is third in 59.63.
Van der Burgh will look to draw inspiration from his friend, Denmark’s Alexander Dale Oen, who passed away earlier this year.
"He was a dear friend and one of the best breaststrokers of all time and has taught me a lot throughout my career," said Van der Burgh.Garrin is at the 2012 London Olympics courtesy of British Airways
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