Cameron van der Burgh’s victory for winning the gold medal in the 100M breaststroke was short lived after he was accused of cheating by the Australian team.
He completed the race in world record time, but later had to face scrutiny for making illegal “dolphin kicks” during the competition.
According to Jason Devaney of NBC Olympics:
“In breaststroke, competitors are allowed to take one dolphin kick at the start and one after each turn before starting their breaststroke kick. But, with no underwater video judging, swimmers are sometimes able to sneak in an extra dolphin kick, a whip-like motion generated from the hips. Video replays appear to show van der Burgh taking three of them.”
A few days later, the Olympic gold medalist came clean about his cheating, and it does not seem as though he is going to be stripped of his medal or world record.
“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,” he stated to reporters about his actions.