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Van der Burgh surprised by success

Star swimmer Cameron Van der Burgh surprised at himself - World Championships.

Cameron van der Burgh and Gerhard Zandberg at OR Tambo airport, 5 August 2009 after returning back from the FINA World Championships in Rome. Picture: Neil McCartney/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Star swimmer Cameron van der Burgh says he surprised himself following his sterling performance at the World Championships in Barcelona and he is looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and the next Olympics.

He returned home today after capturing gold and silver in the 50m and 100m breaststroke respectively.

Van der Burgh says he is pretty pleased with his times as he begins to look forward to the next Olympic Games.

"I am pretty surprised about the times that we were swimming. It's very close to the world record which is important. Sometimes you look for the times instead of the placing so it's standing me in good stead for the next three years towards the next Olympic Games".

Van der Burgh says his midterm target is to do well in the Commonwealth Games.

"The Commonwealth Games is a lovely experience. Anytime you can compete with your fellow athletes is great. It's a really nice setup and going there representing South Africa gives you such a warm feeling, because the people in South Africa are really supportive".

The next Common Wealth Games takes place in Glasgow next year and starts on the 23rd of July.