Cameron van der Burgh OIS (born 25 May 1988) is a South African competitive swimmer. He is Africa's first home-trained world record holder and individual male Olympic Champion.
He trains with Dirk Lange and is based in Pretoria. He has represented South Africa at the 2008 Summer Olympics and at the 2012 Summer Olympics where he won the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke in a new world record. He has won numerous World Championship medals since his debut in 2007 when he took a bronze medal. Twice he has won the FINA overall World Cup.
Van der Burgh set his first world long-course record (27.06s) in the 50 m breaststroke in the semifinals at South African nationals in April 2009, cutting 0.12 of a second from Oleg Lisogor's old world record set in 2002. He won the world title in the same year at the Rome championship, also in the 50 m breaststroke.
He won the 50m breaststroke at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in a time of 27.18 seconds in a new games record and the 100m world title at the 2010 short course world championships. He won the 100m breaststroke gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in a new world record time of 58.46 seconds, and paid tribute to late world champion Alexander Dale Oen afterwards. Van der Burgh later admitted to breaking the rules by utilising illegal dolphin kicks during the race which was confirmed by video replays showing Van der Burgh taking three dolphin kicks. Subsequently, FINA have suggested they may consider underwater video evidence to judge results, although van der Burgh's results and medal are not under threat.
Van der Burgh went to Glenstantia Primary as a young boy but matriculated at Crawford college in 2006 He now studies Financial Management through UNISA part-time and is interested in becoming an entrepreneur after his swimming career. Cameron since the London Olympics has received various awards including South African Style Icon 2012 GQ 7th best-dressed man 2012, and has gone on to make various magazine covers and appeared in South African TV shows. He has made many appearances around the country giving motivational speeches and attending gala dinners. He has been linked to a few charities and recently fed underprivileged kids in Alexandria with his Olympic earnings
Cameron has signed many lucrative endorsement deals since the London Olympics. These include Arena Investec Audi USN, and Tag Heuer, with his most recent being a four-year deal with multi-brand corporation Procter & Gamble as the new Head and Shoulders ambassador, joining the likes of Michael Phelps, Lionel Messi and Jenson Button He is estimated to be earning between $200,000 and $400,000 per annum from sponsorship deals.