Other Sport

Le Clos continues fine form

2012-04-21 22:43
Chad le Clos (Gallo)
Durban - Chad le Clos spearheaded another superb night at the SA Swimming Championships in Durban on Saturday, with Darian Townsend, Roland Schoeman, Karin Prinsloo and Suzaan van Biljon also confirming their qualification for the London Olympic Games.

Le Clos, 20, who has been in supreme form all week, clocking four A-standard times, won a thrilling 200 metres individual medley race in time of one minute, 58.97 seconds (1:58.97).

The KwaZulu-Natal swimmer was slower than he had been in the semi-finals, but was nonetheless inside the required 2:00.17 mark.

He did show some signs of fatigue later in the evening, though, when he was the fastest qualifier in the 100m butterfly, which he won in 53.43 seconds.

Athens gold medallist Townsend went quicker in the final, dipping under the A-standard time with a 1:59.34 in a race that had additional interest due to Sebastien Rousseau already having a qualifying time prior to the meet.

Rousseau (2:00.37), however, was only third quickest and missed out altogether.

“It’s been a pretty stressful week for me,” Townsend said.

"I’m not used to missing qualification. I usually get the times on my first two swims and I didn’t get them until last night.

“I was glad to get it at the end and it’s a huge relief.”

Another former Olympic gold medallist, and one of South Africa’s most celebrated swimmers, Schoeman produced a stunning swim on his way to the 50m freestyle final.

The 31-year-old, who missed out on an A-standard time in the 100m freestyle, finished in 22.08, edging out Brad Tandy (22.51) and Gideon Low (22.59).

“I’m absolutely ecstatic,” Schoeman said.

“I’ve been so close now for the past seven months and to get it is a big monkey off my back, coming here tonight and swimming that kind of time.”

Prinsloo also set the standard in a semi-final race as she clocked 2:10.74, marginally inside the qualifying mark of 2:10.84 in the 200m backstroke.

That time meant the Northern Tigers swimmer, who already had an A-standard time in the event, assured herself of a place in the SA team for the London Games.

Prinsloo also won the 100m freestyle final, but her time of 55.77 was outside the qualifying mark of 54.57.

The last A-standard time on the night came in the 200m breaststroke final, which was lit up by Van Biljon’s 2:26.74 that came on the back of her semi-final time of 2:25.89.

The only other final that took place was won by Charl Crous as he claimed the 200m backstroke title in 1:59.94.

Read more on:    chad le clos  |  durban  |  swimming


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


30 of the world's greatest golfers will be heading to the Gary Player Country Club for this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge - now in its 35th year. For all the latest news, player profiles, hole-by-hole descriptions and past winners, be sure to check out Sport24's dedicated section.

Latest blogs

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.