Le Clos reaches butterfly final

2012-12-12 21:05

Cape Town - South Africa's Chad le Clos has booked his place in Thursday's final of the 100m butterfly at the short-course world championships in Istanbul.

Le Clos finished second by a whisker in his semi-final heat on Wednesday, touching the wall in a time of 50.16 seconds.

America's Thomas Shields won the event in 50.18, while his compatriot Ryan Lochte came third in 50.59.

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The 20-year-old Le Clos won silver in this event at the London Olympics earlier this year, with his biggest achievement coming when he won gold in the 200m butterfly.

Meanwhile, SAPA reports that South Africans Devon Myles Brown (1:44.89) and Leith Shankland (1:44.91) narrowly missed out on a place in the men's 200m freestyle final, while Jessica Pengelly (4:37.66) also came up just short of a place in the final of the women's 400m individual medley.

It was a similar result for the women's 4x200m freestyle team of Karin Prinsloo, Michelle Weber, Kyna Pereira and Jessica Pengelly who placed on the reserve list for the finals in a time of 8:02.49, well off their qualifying time of 8:55.99.

In the men's 100m breaststroke Giulio Zorzi missed out on a place in the semi-final place in a time of 59.09.