Le Clos grabs gold in Istanbul

2012-12-14 00:00

CAPE TOWN — South Africa’s Chad le Clos has won gold in the men’s 100 m butterfly at the Short-course World Championships in Istanbul yesterday.

Le Clos (20) finished in a blistering time of 48,82 seconds after being ahead of the world record tempo at the 50 m mark. In the end he finished 0,34 seconds slower than the world record of 48,48.

It was a marked improvement for the Durbanite, who on Wednesday reached the final in a much slower time of 50,16.

The American duo of Thomas Shields (49,54) en Ryan Lochte (49,59) won silver and bronze respectively.

Le Clos won silver in this event at the London Olympics earlier this year, but won gold in the 200 m butterfly.

Another notable South African performance came from Vanessa Mohr, who made it into the semi-final of the women’s 50 m butterfly in a time of 26,16.

However, the second day of competition saw Karin Prinsloo and Lehesta Kemp (women’s 100 m freestyle); Michael Meyer (men’s 400 m individual medley); Marne Erasmus (women’s 50 m butterfly); Leith Shankland (men’s 50 m freestyle); Rene Warnes; Amanda Loots (women’s 100 m individual medley), Jessica Pengelly and Michelle Weber (women’s 800 m freestyle) all failing to make it out of their heats.

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