Swimmer’s medals stolen

2012-05-26 09:32

South African champion swimmer Cameron van der Burgh has lost half his medals and trophies to thieves who burgled his parent’s Pretoria home. Van der Burgh, who will represent South Africa at the London Olympics, told the Saturday Star that the medals and trophies were “irreplaceable” as they had been won in several countries.

The robbers broke into the house on Friday while van der Burgh was at swimming practice and his mother was shopping for his 24th birthday party that evening. The swimmer is the current world record-holder in the 25m and 50m short course events as well as the 50m long course.

“I am really glad that nobody got hurt though, because that is the most important thing,” van der Burgh told the newspaper. Van der Burgh said he would contact the international swimming body to see if it was possible to replace stolen medals.

On Tuesday the swimmer leaves for a training camp in Europe to prepare for the Olympics.“Before the incident I was 100% focused on the upcoming games. Now I have lost some of that focus,” he was quoted as saying.

Sonny Bill Williams also a victim of theft

Meanwhile, All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams has also become the victim of a burglary, saying he returned home yesterday after playing for the Waikato Chiefs in Super 15 to discover his house had been broken into.

The 191cmcentre, who is also a professional boxer, announced the burglary on Twitter. “It would be nice to run into someone wearing an SBW training top,” he tweeted. Williams added, “Thank God no one was hurt.”

Police are investigating.

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