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van der Burgh returns home with injury

July 7, 2013

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Cameron van der Burgh, the 100m breaststroke World Record holder and defending Olympic Champion, has pulled out of the French Open this weekend and is returning home to South Africa.

He disclosed the news on his Twitter account Friday, citing a knee strain and that he “hope[s] to be back by world champs.”

He suffered the injury last Thursday at the Nilox Cup in Torino, Italy. Racing in front of a capacity crowd, the competition followed a knock-out format that had swimmers contesting rapid-fire 50′s, four minutes apart, with the slowest 2 being eliminated in each round. Van der Burgh came away with the win, but seems to have paid the price.

Any sort of pain or discomfort involved with the knees is the last thing that a breaststroker needs and it would be a severe blow to van der Burgh if the injury persists. Cameron was the bronze medalist in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai.

The French Open will run Saturday and Sunday in Vichy.

ZwemZa | Neville Smith

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