“Van der Burgh promised me the gold” – Mbalula

Cameron van der Burgh, SA’s first gold medalist at London Olympics. Pic: GCIS

Pretoria – Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has poured praise on Cameron van der Burgh for scooping South Africa’s first gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

The country’s golden boy and swimming sensation Van der Burgh brought smiles and happiness to South Africans. Not only did he win gold, but he also set the new world record in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

“We knew and believed when Team SA took off at OR [Tambo] that we will create waves and move mountains in London. We are now counted amongst the best in the world,” said Mbalula, who had earlier spoken to Van der Burgh.

“Cameron told me that what happened to Banyana in Coventry should not dampen the country’s spirit, as the South African flag will be raised high when he accepts the gold medal. Indeed, today I was touched when he broke the world record,” added Mbalula.

The minister still believes the best is yet to come out of London. He further hoped the rest of Team SA would join the queue and follow Van der Burgh to the podium in their respective competing codes. – SAnews