Swimming champ puts theft episode behind him

Cameron van der Burgh will put the theft of his medals and trophies behind him, to focus on the Olympics.

Cameron Van Der Burgh celebrates victory in the final of the men's 50 metre breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - South African swimming champion Cameron van der Burgh on Saturday said he would put the theft of his medals and trophies behind him, to focus on the London Olympic Games.

Robbers broke into van der Burgh's family home on Friday, while he was at swimming practice.

The swimmer currently holds the world record for breast stroke and will head to London this week, to compete in the Games. 

Van der Burgh said he felt very despondent at first, but then decided to focus on the things he could control.

“I’ve worked really hard for the Olympics, and it only comes around once every four years."

He said he would not let his performance at the Games be affected by the house-breaking incident.