Olympic swimmer Cameron van der Burgh has not only been accused of cheating during the men’s 100-meter breaststroke (which he “won” and set a world record), but he has admitted to it. What’s worse than his cheating though is his attitude about the whole thing–and the fact that he’s not the only one who gets away with it (unlike those female badminton players).
Apparently, in the breaststroke competition, swimmers are allowed to take one dolphin kick (which is a faster kick) at the start and one after each turn before using a breaststroke kick. But in the 100-meter race last week, Van der Burgh chose not to do just one dolphin kick, but three.
And the South African swimmer admitted to it, without any remorse:
If you’re not doing it, you’re falling behind. It’s not obviously–shall we say–the moral thing to do, but I’m not willing to sacrifice my personal performance and four years of hard work for someone that is willing to do it and get away with it.
Apparently this is something that other swimmers do too, and without an underwater camera to catch them, their illegal kicks are never caught. At least not until someone so cocky like Van der Burgh admits to it. Because, you know, his “personal performance” is more important that being a good sport and competing fairly.
Some may say that if other swimmers are doing it, then why shouldn’t he? But, I think we all know that’s never a good reason to do something illegal.
What’s just as bad about this whole thing is that Van der Burgh will likely get away with cheating because, at this point, there’s no way for officials to review the race. And yet, here he is in this photo making sure the whole world knows he’s number one, when in fact, he’s clearly not.