Cape Town - Already a gold medallist at the 2017 FINA World Championships in
Hungary, South Africa’s Chad le Clos cruised into the semi-finals of the
100m butterfly event on Friday morning.
Swimming in the eighth and final heat,
Le Clos ended third in a time of 51.28 seconds behind Rio Olympic gold
medallist Joseph Schooling of Singapore and Hungary’s Kirstof Milak.
Schooling and Milak clocked times of 51.21 and 51.23, respectively.
Le Clos, winner of the 200m butterfly on Wednesday, was third at the turn,
0.31 back and held his position to be all smiles at the wall
- and the sixth-fastest qualifier overall.
Quickest into the semi-finals was American Caeleb Dressel in 50.08.
Earlier, South Africa’s male sprinters failed to get out of the freestyle heats on day six of pool action.
Olympian Doug Erasmus and Zane Waddell were in action with 13 heats deciding the semi-finalists.
First up was Waddell, going off in heat 10. He ended ninth of the 10 starters with
a time of 22.86 seconds as Ukraine’s Shergii Shvetsov won in 22.13.
Erasmus was in the next heat and he was a bit quicker in 22.56, but also in ninth spot.
Heat winner was again American Caeleb Dressel in 21.61.
Erasmus ended 31st in the heats and Waddell 45th of 118 finishers.
Quickest into the semi-finals was Brazil’s Bruno Fratus in 21.51 with
the slowest qualifier into the semi-finals swimming a 22.18 time.
Next up was teenager Erin Gallagher, the Durbanite going off in the 50m butterfly after her freestyle action the previous day.
She ended sixth in 27.36, a time which put her
34th overall after all the heats were done.
Quickest on the day was
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom with a 25.26 while the last qualifying time into
the semi-finals was a 26.34.