By Frisco Rosso
This is just a few lines to say congratulations to South African swimmer and Olympic champion Cameron van den Burgh, for his spectacular performance at the London Olympics on Sunday.
Van den Burgh scooped South Africa’s first Olympic gold medal in eight years in the final of the men’s 100m breaststroke, with a world-record time of 58.46 seconds – shearing 0.12 seconds off the previous world-record time held by Australian Brenton Rickard.
It was a weekend of firsts for Van den Burgh, as he initially qualified for the final by winning the semifinals on Saturday with a time of 58.95, breaking the South African, African and Olympic records in the process. He also holds the historical record of being South Africa’s first men’s individual Olympic swimming champion. Respect indeed.
Congratulations to our aquatic china once again. His achievement, spirit and unbridled passion serve as inspiration to all South Africans and the rest of the world and shall never be forgotten.
Unfortunately, the dreams of South Africa’s Kathryn Meaklim came to an abrupt end earlier yesterday, as she was unable to advance beyond the heats of the women’s 200m individual medley, finishing seventh with a time of 2:15.25 despite a valiant effort.
South Africa’s Karen Prinsloo sadly also missed the target on her Olympic debut, finishing seventh in the women’s 200m freestyle heats with a time of 1:59.24. All is not lost for Prinsloo however as she still has the potential to make her mark in the women’s 200m backstroke. Hope continues to float.
Later tonight South African swimmer Chad le Clos competes in the final of the men’s 200m butterfly. After breaking the national record with a time of 1:54.34 in last night’s semifinal Le Clos is within touching distance of South Africa’s second Olympic medal of London 2012.
Best of luck Chad, we’re all rooting for you.
With more tension than your mother’s suspension, I am Frisco Rosso. I’m likely to deliver a few lines worth at any given moment regarding film, music, sport, books and anything morally unsound that strikes a blow between the eyes in the name of entertainment.