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Chad le Clos after comeback performance: 'I’ll try my best to win medals for the country'

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South African swimmer Chad le Clos
South African swimmer Chad le Clos
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South Africa’s star Olympian Chad le Clos is eyeing another medal to add to South Africa’s kitty after Tatjana Schoenmaker’s 100m breaststroke and Bianca Buitendag's surfing silver medals.

Le Clos, who had a shaky start to the 200m butterfly in the heats this week, where he qualified 16th out of 16 swimmers, recovered form in time to post the third fastest semi-final time (1:55.06).

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The 2012 200m fly gold medallist said he will endeavour to add to SA’s medal haul in the final, which will take place at 03:49 (SA time). Le Clos will swim out of lane 3.

"I was calm today, but I wanted to be a bit more nervous. Hopefully tomorrow (Wednesday) I can get a bit more nerves in me," he said.

"It still feels like everything is going to be OK. I was nervous when I dived in because I knew what I had to do.

"An Olympic final … I’m very happy. It’s my third Olympic final, too, in the fly, so it’s a huge privilege for me and a phenomenal feeling.

"I have to keep the boys guessing, you know. Last night (Monday) I was a bit slow and today (Tuesday) I went a bit hard, but it will be a good race regardless of what happens.

"I’ll try my best to win the medals and bring it for the country."

Hungary's Kristof Milak is the overwhelming favourite to win the gold medal in the event and he was the fastest qualifier for the final with a time of 1:52.22, while Brazil's Leonardo de Deus (1:54.97) was also faster than Le Clos.

Le Clos famously won gold in the event at London 2012, beating Michael Phelps, and silver in Rio 2016. He has also won silver twice in the 200m freestyle at the two previous Games.

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