Le Clos is in the swim

2013-11-03 14:00

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SA’s Olympic winner heads the pack in quest for prize money.

Not only does South Africa’s top swimmer, Chad le Clos, want to win the overall title of the lucrative Fina Swimming World Cup series, he has also set his sights on yet another world record in the 200m butterfly.

The series initially starts with the first of the final three legs in Singapore on Tuesday and Wednesday, then the Tokyo leg on Saturday and Sunday, and the final leg in Beijing on November 13 and November 14.

“I want to secure the title in the first leg in Singapore with a very good swim in the 200m butterfly. Hopefully I can swim another world record or get very close to mine,” said an excited Le Clos before he left South Africa on Friday.

Le Clos set a new world record in the men’s 200m butterfly, clocking a time of 1:49.04 at the Eindhoven, Netherlands, leg in August, just after the World Championships in Barcelona, where he became the double world champion in the 100m and 200m butterfly.

“If I swim a 1:49 in all three legs, I think I will earn enough points to win the Asian cluster as well as the overall prize. My main opposition at this point is (Vladimir) Morozov.

“There is a lot of money up for grabs and I hope I can achieve this,” he said.

Le Clos is leading the pack with 266 points, followed by Morozov with 201 and Australian Robert Hurley with 141 points.

“It has been an amazing year. I was not fully prepared for the year, which started off with injuries, and I wondered if I would have a good swimming year. But I must say, as the year progressed, and I competed, it started to get better all the time with the titles at the World Championships and now my world record and success in the World Cup.

“I just hope I stay healthy because I would like to win the series again,”

South Africa will again be represented by Myles Brown and the evergreen Roland Schoeman, who has also bagged a few gold medals in the World Cup series.

Schoeman was sixth overall after the second cluster.

The money pool

What Le Clos has won so far:

»?After five stops out of eight events, he has earned about R1.22?million for 20 medals – 13 gold ($1?500 each), five silver ($1?000) and two bronze ($500)

»?For winning the first cluster (Eindhoven and Berlin), he got $40?000 and $10?000

»?He earned a $50?000 bonus for his 1:49.04 world record in the 200m butterfly

»?He received another $50?000 for winning the second cluster (Moscow, Dubai and Doha)

What he can still earn (gold – $1?500, silver – $1?000, bronze – $500):

»?The last cluster (Singapore, Tokyo and Beijing) will come with winnings of $50?000

»?If he wins the last cluster, he will be the Swimmer of the Series and be awarded the grand prize of $100?000

Chad’s next stops

November 5-6

Singapore

November 9-10

Tokyo, Japan

November 13-14

Beijing, China

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