Johannesburg - An
attitude adjustment made all the difference as Cameron van der Burgh has found a
new lease on his swimming career.
The global swimming
star demonstrated this renewed vigour at the Fina World Championships in Kazan,
Russia in August where he claimed two silver medals.
“I was very happy
with the two silvers because it wasn’t as if I won them with bad times, they were
really good times and it could easily have been two golds,” Van der Burgh told
“I am happy with my
times and I do feel I am getting into the shape of my life just because of my
Van der Burgh and
British swimming sensation Adam Peaty lit up the championships with their enthralling
tussle in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events.
eventually came out on top with gold medals in both events and a world record
in the 50m to boot.
Before the Briton
posted a record time of 26.42 in the 50m, Van der Burgh had
improved his 50m breaststroke world mark by 0.05 in the heats.
Van der Burgh admits
he did not have the right attitude ahead of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games
where he won the 50m breaststroke gold medal, while finishing second to Peaty in
the 100m event.
“I am almost in the
same shape as last year going into the Commonwealth Games and I was so
confident going in, but my mind-set was wrong,” he said.
“This year with
changing that up and learning a few different tricks, the change has been
Van der Burgh
continued his sizzling form in the pool during the first two galas in the
World Cup series and also added the double gold at the Africa Games in
The 27-year-old did the "double" in the World Cup openers, winning four gold medals in the 50m and 100m
breaststroke which earned him a cool $56 000 in winnings and 96 points in
Before the start of
the series Van der Burgh initially only planned on doing a few of the legs, but
will now be looking to claim the overall title for the third time.
The Pretoria swimmer
won the Swimming World Cup Series in 2008 and 2009, and
could keep the title in South African hands after Chad le Clos was crowned
overall winner in 2014.
“You can just see
when someone loves something it comes so natural for them, and like before you
wouldn’t want to travel after the World Champs because you have been away for
so long,” Van der Burgh said.
“But for me it was
awesome and I couldn’t wait to get to another competition. I am enjoying my
swimming more than I have my entire life.”
The next leg of the
World Cup series will take place in Hong Kong on September 25-26.