Golden boys arrive to tumultuous reception

2012-08-09 07:47

South African swimmers Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos, who won two gold medals and one silver, at the 2012 London Olympics arrived to loud welcoming screams at the OR Tambo International Airport this morning.

Van der Burgh, won a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke in a new world record of 58.46 sec.

Le Clos won gold in the 200m butterfly and silver in the 100m butterfly last week.

Hundreds of fans and reporters greeted their heroes, some carrying bouquets of flowers and welcoming placards.

The crowd burst into loud screams as Van der Burgh and Le Clos appeared out of the arrivals door.

Van der Burgh said: “My dreams have come true. It’s been four years of planning and preparing. We’ve proved our critics wrong.

There is always a perception that we freeze in big events.

“I’m looking forward to relaxing with my family. We were just focused on what we were doing. If we can carry this through to 2016, we can inspire generations to come.”

Le Clos said he was looking forward to the future. “It has been my dream to win a medal at the Olympics since I was an eight-year-old boy.

“There’s a lot of talent out there, I’m sure we can also improve from this. I’m really excited by the experience. It’s an incredible feeling.

“It’s great to be back home. Thank you for your support,” he said.

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