Cameron's happiest day of his life

Olympic gold winner Cameron van der Burgh hopes more South Africans will take up swimming.

South African Olympic Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh on Monday described winning an Olympic gold medal as the happiest day of his life.

Van der Burgh won the 100m breaststroke final at the 2012 London Games in world record time on Sunday, making him the first South African to win gold at an individual swimming event.

He said he is looking forward to the relay over the weekend.

The swimmer said he hopes the victory will attract more investors to the sport.

"If you really put your mind to it and grind really hard you are going to do big things. We have put South Africa on the map so hopefully we can get some good financial investors for the sport."

His manager, Ryk Neethling said he hopes more swimmers are inspired by van der Burgh's win.

"Every once in a while an athlete does something special. We hope to inspire more people to get into the sport."