[QODLink]
Sport

Van der Burgh shoulders on at worlds

After missing out on gold in 100m breaststroke in Barcelona, South African Van der Burgh needs shoulder injections.

Last Modified: 30 Jul 2013 11:25
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Van der Burgh (L) took silver in 100m breaststroke but says 50m is his favoured distance [GALLO/GETTY]

Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Cameron Van der Burgh on Tuesday said he needed treatment on a shoulder injury after claiming the silver medal in the same event at the world championships.

The South African cruised into the final of the 50m breaststroke with the fastest time from Tuesday morning's heats but said he needed injections after being pipped to gold by Australia's Christian Sprenger.

"My shoulder flared up a little bit and we did a lot of needles last night but the knee is doing OK, so we're just trying to manage it," said Van der Burgh, whose season has been plagued by injury problems.

I think you can expect a world record from Cameron tomorrow

Giulio Zorzi, South African team-mate

"Just like in the 100m breast, I'm just trying to make it from heats to the semi-final and to the final but it only counts in the final, as we've all seen, so I'm just trying to keep the best till last."

Despite his fitness concerns, Van der Burgh's South African team-mate Giulio Zorzi believes he could even threaten his own world record from four years ago in the final on Wednesday night.

"I think you can expect a world record from Cameron tomorrow," Zorzi said after also qualifying for Tuesday night's semi-finals.

"He's not in the same shape as he was last year for the 100m, but for the 50m he is definitely capable of it."

Van der Burgh himself acknowledged that despite his Olympic success over two lengths, the 50m that remained his favoured distance.

"I'm better suited to the 50m. I've always said that the 100m is my mistress that I cheat on the 50 with!

"She's always good to me and I always come back to her. The 50m is where I started and it's always fun to swim it."

333

Source:
AFP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps have been released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.