Van der Burgh: Records are made to be broken, medals are for keeps

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Olympic breaststroke gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh says he needs to remain among the top swimmers in his specialist event this year if he is to successfully defend his title at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Van der Burgh made a good start to the season with the fourth fastest time in the world this year of 59,78 seconds at the South African National Aquatic Championships in Durban in April.

“The main goal in the year before the Olympic Games is to try and be in contention for the gold next year,” Van der Burgh said at the side of the pool at his base at the University of Pretoria on Wednesday. “If you are not in the medals this year, you are sort of falling behind and in 2011 the main goal for me was to work my way up to the 100m breaststroke and get up there.”

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