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Gold Medal Swimmer Admits To Cheating At 2012 London Olympics

Cameron van der Burgh

Cameron van der Burgh won a gold medal in the men’s 100 breaststroke at the 2012 London Olympics but he didn’t exactly earn it legally. The South African swimmer admitted that he cheated during the 100 breaststroke final, saying that he took an extra dolphin kick or two during his turns.

Van Der Burgh admits that he cheated, but at the same time, says that he did nothing wrong. According to the swimmer, everyone gives an extra kick and if he didn’t do it too he probably wouldn’t have a gold medal.

USA Today reports that the swimming rules allow the athletes to take one dolphin kick at the start or the race and after each turn. Most swimmers, according to Van Der Burgh, take two or three.

Van Der Burgh said:

“If you’re not doing it, you’re falling behind, 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 that is willing to do it and get away with it…. If you actually look at Brenton Rickard in the lane next to me, he’s doing the exact same thing… It’s got to the sort of point where if you’re not doing it you’re falling behind or your giving yourself a disadvantage so everyone’s pushing the rules and pushing the boundaries, so if you’re not doing it, you’re not trying hard enough.”

Cameron van der Burgh’s admission comes a few days after the race and it isn’t likely that the IOC will try to strip him of his medal. If they did, they would have to look at all of the underwater cameras and would, according to Van Der Burgh, have to disqualify just about all of the swimmers.

Here’s a video of Cameron van der Burgh’s start.

The single kick rule in swimming is similar to the traveling rules in the NBA. The league has the rule in place but athletes get away with traveling all the time.

Here’s a video of the 10 most egregious no-travel calls in the NBA.

Do you think Cameron van der Burgh was justified to use a double dolphin kick to win a gold medal? Should swimming officials watch for double kicks more carefully?

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10 Responses to “Gold Medal Swimmer Admits To Cheating At 2012 London Olympics”

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  2. Wolff Bachner

    he should have kept his mouth shut. he is spitting in the face of the Olympic organization and calling all the other swimmers cheaters. he should be stripped of his medal.

  3. Li Hen

    well, what if it's true? he wouldn't have had the guts to squeal if he wasn't sure that everyone else is doing it. and i think, that's the way of the world now, that's how others get ahead. I didn't approve of it, but they don't care. this is the generation that we have raised. I feel sorry for those like me who played to the rules and lost, but that's the most you will get. Too bad that those who are politically correct get slammed.

  4. Li Hen

    well, what if it's true? he wouldn't have had the guts to squeal if he wasn't sure that everyone else is doing it. and i think, that's the way of the world now, that's how others get ahead. I didn't approve of it, but they don't care. this is the generation that we have raised. I feel sorry for those like me who played to the rules and lost, but that's the most you will get. Too bad that those who do the right thing and play by the rules get the unfair deal. This is the kind of people we are raising. My friend calls it being "primitive", but like i said, they couldn't care less. They hurt those who try to do what's right instead of the other way around. This is negative reinforcement

  5. Whitney Jackson

    He should be stripped of his gold, the officials need to pay more attention and use that underwater cameras, they sure did DQ the swimmer that had his hands in the wrong motion for a split second more than he should have, the official called it and he couldn't even see the swimmer for his view point. NO matter what country the athlete is from you break the rules you should be DQ'd No one is special.

  6. Kisero Erick

    I think the second kick should be left to be.
    all the olympics finalists in London did the same thing does it mean that they had to be diqualified?