Mike Jansen Hong Kong 30 July 2012
As the Sevens community looks ahead to the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, the London Games was always going to be important. The city’s third-ever Olympics will have to build up the momentum that we would like to see sustain sports-lovers for the next four year. A momentum Sevens rugby will want to build upon in the lead-up to, as well as in the Rio Rugby stadium in 2016.
Therefore, from a South African perspective, Cameron Van Der Burgh‘s World Record, Olympic Gold swim last night was massive!
An oft-used-to-death cliche is of how sport brings our nation together and I’m afraid that I am going to have to jump on that bandwagon. For 58.46seconds in the Olympic pool late on Sunday night, South Africans all over the world were indeed behind on swimmer… as one.
Social media were abuzz and for a long time afterwards, ‘Cameron VD Bergh’ was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.
As a fairly new sport on the South African landscape, Sevens has yet to develop the attraction to rally the masses of fans that the 5-man codes does. However, as swimming has shown last night, the Olympic Games provides the platform to even the ‘smallest’ sport to win the hearts of the nation. The opportunity to shine on the world stage.
Congratulations Cameron Van Der Burgh.
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