South Africa

Chad makes history

2014-12-07 19:29
(File, AFP)

Johannesburg - Chad le Clos made history on the final night of the Fina World Short-Course Championships in Doha on Sunday when he became the first swimmer to win the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly.

His victory in his specialist event brought his total tally to four gold medals, the biggest medal haul by an individual South African swimmer at the global showpiece.

He surpassed the three gold medals swimming legend Ryk Neethling won at the 2006 edition in Shanghai.

Le Clos started his medal harvest by winning the men's 200m freestyle, a new addition to his repertoire.

The 22-year-old swimming sensation was made to work for his third butterfly gold of the meet.

Japanese challenger Daiya Seto proved to be a gritty competitor as he never allowed the South African a clear lead.

While Le Clos was at the front for most of the race with Seto breathing down his neck.

In the second last lap Seto briefly wrested the lead from the world-record holder but Le Clos surged over the final 25m to out-touch the Japanese swimmer.

Le Clos touched in a new championship record time of one minute, 48.61 seconds (1:48.61) with Seto taking silver in a creditable 1:48.92, while Poland's Pawel Korzeniowski bagged bronze in 1:50.21.

New championship record

The Durbanite now holds both the 200m and 100m butterfly world short-course records.

He set a championship record in the 50m butterfly event on Saturday in a time of 21.95 which is 0.15 seconds from the world mark.

Meanwhile, Olympic gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh got back onto the podium with a silver-medal swim in the men's 50m breaststroke.

He shared the second spot with Great Britain's Adam Peaty as the two swimmers touched the wall simultaneously in a time of 25.87 seconds.

Brazil's Silva Franca took the spoils by posting a new championship record in a time of 25.63 seconds for the title.

Van der Burgh missed out on a podium spot in the 100m breaststroke final earlier with a fourth-placed finish.

Read more on:    doha  |  swimming

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
Video Highlights

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

How excited are you about the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio?

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.