Commonwealth Games

Le Clos impresses, advances at the Gold Coast

2018-04-07 08:13
Chad le Clos (AP)

Cape Town - South Africa's Chad le Clos has advanced through to the final and semi-final of the men's 200m butterfly and the 100m freestyle, respectively, on Saturday at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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Le Clos, who is the defending champion, did what he had to do to qualify and finished third in the men's 200m butterfly in a time of 1:57.89.

Canada's Darragh Mackenzie won the race in 1:56.96, while South Africa's Eben Vorster finished sixth in his heat in 2:00.72 for 12th overall and missed out of the final.

In the men's 100m freestyle heats, Le Clos booked his place in the the semi-finals with a 49.17 swim.

Australia's Jack Cartwright, who came through to win the heat in the last 50m with the South African finishing second. This left Le Clos seventh fastest going into the semi-finals.

South Africa's Calvyn Justus finished seventh in the same race with a 50.06 for 20th overall and missed out on the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Tatjana Schoenmaker continued her strong form in the women's 200m breaststroke heats when she won her race with a fast 2:23.57 and went into the final as the No 1 seed.

18-year-old Kaylene Corbett finished third in her 200m breaststroke heat with a time of 2:27.68 and qualified for the final in seventh overall spot.

Emma Chelius and Erin Gallagher both finished fourth in the women's 50m butterfly heats. Gallagher touched the wall in a time of 27.05 to qualify for the semi-finals as eighth fastest, while Chelius qualified 13th overall with her time of 27.55.

Who to watch: Team SA on Day 3

EVENING SESSION

Men's 200m Butterfly, Final: Chad le Clos

Women's 50m Freestyle, Final: Erin Gallagher

Women's 50m Butterfly: Semi-finals: Emma Chelius and Erin Gallagher

Men's 100m Freestyle, Semi-finals: Chad le Clos

Men's 100m Breaststroke, Final: Cameron van der Burgh Women’s

200m Breaststroke, Final: Kaylene Corbett, Tatjana Schoenmaker and Emily Visagie

Men's SB 100m Breaststroke, Final: Kaleb van der Merwe

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