Le Clos wins freestyle gold

2014-12-04 00:00

DOHA — South Africa’s Chad le Clos has won gold in the 200 m freestyle final at the Fina World Swimming Championships in Doha yesterday.

Le Clos finished in a time of 1:41,45, 0,22 seconds ahead of Russia’s Danila Izotov, with America’s Ryan Lochte finishing in third in a time of 1:42,09.

In other action, Cameron van der Burgh qualified as the fifth fastest for today’s 100 m men’s breaststroke final after finishing fourth in his semi-final in a time of 57,18.

Meanwhile, Mireia Belmonte set a new 200 m women’s butterfly world record. The Spaniard posted a time of 1:59,61 to claim the world title, taking 1,17 seconds off the previous best set by China’s Liu ­Zige in the era of performance-enhancing suits in 2009.

All eyes had been on Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu who had been ­ominous in the heats and the “Iron Lady” appeared on course for a first title of the meet and possible world record. With 50 m to go Hosszu was 0,89 under world record pace but Belmonte produced a perfect final two lengths.

Le Clos then took to the pool once more for the 100 m men’s butterfly semi-final and never looked like being usurped as he blasted his way into the final as the fastest qualifier.

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