Van der Burgh: admits to using illegal kick

2012-08-04 00:00

IT has been reported that South Africa’s 100 m breaststroke gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh has admitted to using an illegal dolphin kick technique on his way to victory in Sunday night’s final.

The article appeared on The Australian’s website in the early hours of yesterday morning and quoted Van der Burgh as saying that it was “pretty funny of the Australians to complain”, after he finished the race ahead of Australia’s Christian Sprenger.

“I think every single swimmer does that,” Van der Burgh stated in the article. “At the point of time before the fly kick was legal, [Kosuke] Kitajima was doing it and the Americans were complaining.”

The article further suggested that Van der Burgh accepts that his use of the dolphin kick is not “moral”.

“For me, it’s not obviously, shall we say, the moral thing to do, but I’m not willing to sacrifice my personal performance and four years of hard work for someone else who is willing to do it and get away with it, and has proven to get away with it, as they did last year,” the article read.

Weekend Witness contacted SA’s chef de mission Patience Shikwambana late last night, who said that she was unable to comment on the matter at the time of going to press.

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