London - South African sensation Chad le Clos
was the country's saving grace in the morning session on the third day
of the swimming competition at the London Olympic Games on Monday.
Clos finished second in his heat in a time of one minute, 55.23 seconds
- the fourth fastest of all the heats in the men's 200 metres
The 20-year-old said he was surprised with his performance, coming close to his personal best.
"I'm happy with the time," Le Clos said.
"I'm pretty sure I will make it through to the semi-final, it will be tough and I need to be faster."
was an otherwise disappointing performance in the pool with Karin
Prinsloo crashing out in her heat of the women's 200m freestyle.
finished seventh with a time of 1:59.24 in her Olympic debut and will
have another chance to make a splash in the 200m backstroke.
Kathryn Meaklim's Olympics have come to an end as she failed to
progress past the heats of the women's 200m individual medley. Meaklim
finished seventh in a time of 2:15.25 to close the curtain on her time
A clinical hat-trick by Australian midfielder Jamie
Dwyer helped his team to a 6-0 victory over the South African men's
hockey team in their Olympic pool A opener on Monday.
two penalty strokes and too many set-pieces as world number one
Australia stamped their authority and set the benchmark for the rest of
The SA women's rowing pair of Lee-Anne Persse and
Naydene Smith missed out on qualifying for the A final, and a chance
for a medal, after finishing fifth in the repechage in seven minutes,
18.96 seconds (7:18.96).
Persse and Smith will compete in the B final on Wednesday.
The country's only entrant in archery, Karen Hultzer, was eliminated in the first round of the women's individual event.
who was 46th of 64 competitors in last week's ranking round, won the
third set against former European Championships bronze medallist Pia
Lionetti, but the South African lost the match 6-2.
volleyball, the men's team of Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt went
down in straight sets, in their second successive group match, to the
Latvian pairing of Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Ruslans Sorokins.
Gideon van Zyl was eliminated in the last 32-stage of the men's 73kg discipline by Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan in four minutes and 34 seconds, bringing an end to his Olympic campaign.