Its not only that he makes the country proud -its the way he does it. With the “Ke Nako” the soccer WC war cry painted on his palms in waterproof ink, Van der Burgh swam home to give us GOLD in the 19th Common Wealth Games currently under way in New Delhi, India.
His smooth 1 minute 0.10 seconds swim in the breaststroke etched him into collective memory of those eyeing the London Olympics next year.
Having elevated our medals tally to nine the Pretoria lad swept the boards, whipping his prospective London competition into second and third positions.
There’s currently no better way to tell the universe we’re the real deal, quite like words that shone in the glare of world cameras as his hands opened in appreciation on Wednesday afternoon.
Now that’s a resounding story to be told time and again.