Van der Burgh positive about championships

Van der Burgh hasn't been seen competing in major sporting event due to a knee injury.

Cameron van der Burgh

JOHANNESBURG - The South African swimming team jetted off to Barcelona on Monday for the Fina World Swimming Championships with expectations of a greater medal haul than in the previous showpiece in Shanghai.

Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos will lead South Africa's charge in the Olympic events with both swimmers regarded as favourites in their respective events.

Van der Burgh spoke to Sports Talk about his aspirations in the championships.

The gold medallist is currently training in Barcelona and says he decided to train there because his coach, Dirk Lange, is there with his private squad.

"It's great to prepare with him and the weather is great for relaxing."

Van der Burgh says training is going well and he's looking forward to competing.

"I'm surprised with how well I'm doing because after the 2012 London Olympics I out for six months from an injury in the shoulder."

He added his knee is fine and he's excited to start competing.

"I want to prove to those people who think my knee will let me down wrong."