Gold Medal Swimmer Admits To Cheating, No Punishment Expected

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh won gold in the 100m breaststroke. But he now admits that he broke the rules to do it. And he’d do it again.

1. This is Cameron van der Burgh.

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Last week he won the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke. But as people began to review his gold medal performance, they noticed something that was not totally kosher.

2. In the breaststroke, swimmers are allowed a single dolphin kick (which is exactly what it sounds like) when they enter the pool, and one after each turn.

With no official underwater video judging at the Olympics, swimmers sometimes try to sneak extra kicks. This video shows van der Burgh employing three dolphin kicks in his gold-medal and world-record-setting run.

3. One would expect the gold medalist to stay quiet on the issue, but when asked about it by the Sydney Morning Herald, he readily admitted to breaking the rules.

Quote via Sydney Morning Herald

According to NBC, the IOC and FINA (the international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, etc.) are not expected to rule against the South African swimmer.

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