Le Clos rakes in the cash

2014-12-09 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Chad le Clos is a cool R500 000 richer following the Fina World Swimming Championship in Doha.

Le Clos returned with four gold medals in his possession — and $43 000 (R500 000) in the bank — after claiming victory in the 200 m freestyle and sweeping all three butterfly disciplines — 50 m, 100 m and 200 m.

Each victory was worth $7 000 and the world record Le Clos set in the 100 m butterfly saw the 2014 male swimmer of the year bank a further $15 000.

Cameron van der Burgh was the only other South African to pick up a medal when he finished in a tie for second in the 50 m breaststroke.

The two medals helped South Africa finish fourth in the final medal standings.

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