The pressure is off Le Clos in Beijing

2013-11-14 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — With the World Cup in the Fina series already in his bag, anything else that Chad le Clos could do in the pool in Beijing is only of academic interest this week.

He can thus be forgiven as he swam at half power yesterday. The 21-year-old Durbanite did not reach the heights he set in Singapore and Tokyo, but in the first day of the last meeting of the World Cup Series he still took three medals in all three of his finals.

In his favourite item, the 200 m butterfly, Le Clos only opened the taps over the last 50 metres to move from third to first, beating China’s Shun Wang by 0,24 seconds.

While this was Le Clos’s slowest swim, the win ensured that he kept his unbeaten status in the 200 m butterfly.

Earlier, he came second in the 100 m freestyle, an event he has not competed in before the series.

Russian Vladimir Morozov (second overall on the World Cup Series log) beat Le Clos by more than a second. Le Clos concluded the evening with a third place in the 100 m individual medley, more than a second behind Morozov in first place.

Apart from Le Clos, Roland Schoeman and Myles Brown also made podium positions in Beijing.

Schoeman won gold in the 50 m breaststroke, his eighth win in eight World Cup meetings.

Brazilian Nicholas Santos won the 50 m butterfly with Schoeman 0,42 seconds behind him.

Brown took silver in the 400 m freestyle in a photo finish, touching the wall barely a hairbreadth after Australian Thomas Fraser-Holmes.

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