Cameron back on the up

BACK IN THE ZONE: Cameron van der Burgh
BACK IN THE ZONE: Cameron Van der Burgh

Van der Burgh feeling rejuvenated after having a difficult time last year

Cameron van der Burgh has got his mojo back. After a disappointing 2014, the Olympic 100m breaststroke champion says he is enjoying the sport so much he is thinking of going until the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

“I feel rejuvenated,” Van der Burgh, 26, said.

“I really feel like I’m enjoying swimming a lot. Initially I thought I might retire after 2016 [the Rio Olympics] but I’m enjoying it so much . . . I feel like comfortably I could go on to 2020.”

Van der Burgh is his bubbly self again, a welcome change after the desperate face he presented at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he was dethroned in the 100m by Englishman Adam Peaty.

Even after winning the 50m gold a few days later, Van der Burgh still seemed down in the dumps.

“Last year was a tough one for me,” he admitted, saying he was hindered by an injury to his left shoulder. Plus he had lost his mojo.

-David Isaacson

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