South African swimming sensation Chad le Clos closed off his campaign at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games with a record seven medals in the swimming pool.
Le Clos equalled Australian legend Ian Thorpe’s record of seven medals in the Games, claiming the bronze medal in the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 4x100m medley relay.
The 22-year-old has now won 12 medals stretching over two Games which include the five medals from Delhi four years ago.
At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Le Clos won the 200m butterfly and the 400m individual medley. He collected silver in the 4x100m medley and two bronze medals in the 4x100m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle.
Le Clos claimed his fourth individual medal in Glasgow yesterday evening, finishing third in the men’s 200m individual medley.
The Olympic gold medallist led from the start in his favourite butterfly stroke where he opened a comfortable lead.
The breaststroke leg, traditionally a weakness, saw Le Clos lose the lead and he had to hold on for third place in the freestyle as Australia’s Daniel Tranter touched first in a Games record time of one minute, 57.83 seconds (1:57.83).
Scotsman Daniel Wallace claimed second in 1:58.72 with Le Clos bagging the bronze by the narrowest of margins in a time of 1:58.85 with Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes touching one-hundredth of a second behind him.
The 4x100m medley relay team of Le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh, Sebastien Rousseau and Leith Shankland claimed South Africa’s 12th swimming medal at the Games.
Earlier, South African swimming legend Roland Schoeman missed out on claiming his 13th medal as he ended his fifth and final Commonwealth Games.
The 34-year-old South African finished the men’s 50m freestyle in fifth place behind the British winner, 19-year-old Ben Proud, who clocked 21.92 seconds.
Le Clos was South Africa’s star performer at the Games with his two gold medals from the 100m and 200m butterfly, 50m butterfly bronze, silver from the 4x100m relay and the bronze medal in the 4x200m relay.