Van der Burgh not worried about shoulder problems

Cameron van der Burgh said he felt tired after the race and needed to rest as to prepare for the next race.

FILE: Cameron van der Burgh celebrates winning gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2012 London Olympics. Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen/SA Sport Picture Agency

JOHANNESBURG - South African Olympic swimmer Cameron Van Der Burgh says he's not disappointed with his silver medal because he had a year of injuries and took a long time off after the Olympics.

Van der Burgh spoke to Sports Talk's Udo Carelse about his shoulder injury and hopes for the future.

The swimmer said, "The silver is good in retrospect but obviously you always go out there racing for gold. It's bitter sweet but there's motivation for the next three years."

Asked about his latest injury van der Burgh said it's a problem of pressure to the shoulder.

"Old age comes with more problems than when you're younger. You put the body through stress but it's nothing I can't handle. There's a good medical team looking after me."

The swimmer said he felt tired after the race and needed good rest as he has big plans for the next race.

"There's a good chance I could break a world record. I think it's more important to save the big one for the finals."

Van der Burgh won silver in the 100 metre breaststroke at the FINA World Championships.

Van der Burgh missed out on gold after Australia's Christian Sprenger finished ahead of him in a time of 58.79 seconds, with van der Burgh second in 58.97, his fastest time of this year.

It was Team South Africa's first medal of the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.