Cameron's medal made me happier than Athens - Neethling

Ryk Neethling says he is happy for Cameron van der Burgh for winning gold at the London Olympics.

Golden Boy: Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh poses with his gold medal after winning the 100m breaststroke final, and setting a world record, at the London Olympics. Picture Wessel Oosthuizen/SA Sports Picture Agency

CAPE TOWN - Cameron van der Burgh's manager Ryk Neethling on Monday said he was happier on Sunday night than when he won his own gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Van der Burgh won gold in the 100 metre breaststroke in world record time.

Neethling said he knows how Van der Burgh feels.

"It takes a while for it to sink in and it means a lot to the athlete. I've been fortunate to be part of this the last four years."

Neethling said the support has been immense.

"South Africans who live in London have been very supportive."

Meanwhile, Chad le Clos has booked his place in the semi-final for the 200m men's butterfly in London.

He came second in his heat in a time of 1:55.23 earlier. The semi-finals will be held later today.