South Africa

Chad continues to dominate

2013-11-06 15:45
Chad le Clos (AFP)
Singapore - Chad Le Clos and Katinka Hosszu both completed a stunning haul of five gold medals at the Singapore World Cup Wednesday to take a virtually unassailable lead in the series standings.

Le Clos, who broke his own 200m butterfly short course world record on day one, added the 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley titles -- winning every race he entered.

"Last night was a very good night for me, probably the best night I've had in short-course, and tonight was just about racing good competitors to see where I'm at," said the South African, 21.

"The butterfly and freestyle were very, very close. I'm just really happy with tonight. Two years ago I got six gold medals, so I'll take 11 from 11!"

Hungary's Hosszu finished her gruelling two-day programme of 11 races with five victories after winning the 400m and 100m individual medleys and the 100m backstroke on the final evening.

But Hosszu admitted the tough schedule got the better of her as she finished last in her final event, the 50m butterfly, at Singapore Sports School.

"I already swam four times and it was really close but I still like to get up and race and try my best," said Hosszu, who is building up to the European short-course championships next month.

"It definitely gives me good experience of how it feels when I'm really tired."

Both swimmers enjoy a big lead in the points table, with little realistic chance they will be caught in the eight-stop series' final two legs in Tokyo and Beijing.

South Africa's Myles Brown opened proceedings with a masterful win in the men's 1500m, going neck-and-neck with Gergely Gyurta before surging at the close to win by two seconds.

Jamaica's Alia Atkinson was just 14 hundredths off the world record in the women's 50m breaststroke, while Australia's Cate Campbell was also a fast winner in the 100m freestyle.

Le Clos looked way off the pace in the men's 200m freestyle as Australia's Thomas Fraser-Holmes took a big lead from halfway.

But the South African star stormed home in a thrilling finish to snatch gold by just 18-hundredths of a second.

It was a similar story in the 100m butterfly as the reigning long-course world champion came from fourth position at 50 metres to win it by five-hundredths from Poland's Konrad Czerniak.

And he ended a triumphant visit to Singapore with a win from the front in the 200m individual medley, despite nearly being caught in the penultimate breaststroke leg.

Le Clos said afterwards that he was now trying to build his repertoire to approach the feats of versatile American great Michael Phelps at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"It's a race I want to try to compete in, maybe in 2016," he said of the 200m freestyle.

"I want to try to do the same as Phelps. He did the 200m freestyle and he won gold in Beijing.

"It's just a wild shot, to see what I can do in the freestyle and hopefully try to add to my programme.

"I just want to challenge myself as much as possible."

Results from the FINA World Cup in Singapore on Wednesday:

Men's 1500m freestyle:
1. Myles Brown (RSA) 14:56.94, 2. Gergely Gyurta (HUN) 14:58.93, 3. Luiz Rogerio Lima Arapiraca (BRA) 15:08.59

Women's 400m individual medley:

1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:27.60, 2. Hannah Miley (GBR) 4:28.75, 3. Mireia Belmonte (ESP) 4:28.90

Women's 100m freestyle:

1. Cate Campbell (AUS) 51.67, 2. Sarah Sjoestroem (SWE) 52.14, 3. Emma McKeon (AUS) 52.21

Men's 200m freestyle:
1. Chad Le Clos (RSA) 1:42.29
, 2. Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) 1:42.47, 3. Robert Hurley (AUS) 1:43.44

Women's 50m breaststroke:
1. Alia Atkinson (JAM) 28.94, 2. Iuliia Efimova (RUS) 29.25, 3. Dorothea Brandt (GER) 30.39

Men's 100m breaststroke:
1. Daniel Gyurta (HUN) 57.31, 2. Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 57.67, 3. Felipe Lima (BRA) 58.29

Men's 100m butterfly:

1. Chad Le Clos (RSA) 50.04, 2. Konrad Czerniak (POL) 50.09, 3. Tommaso D'Orsogna (AUS) 50.86

Women's 100m backstroke:
1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 57.04, 2. Emily Seebohm (AUS) 57.23, 3. Elizabeth Simmonds (GBR) 57.58

Men's 50m backstroke:
1. Eugene Godsoe (USA) 23.12, 2. Robert Hurley (AUS) 23.26, 3. Guilherme Guido (BRA) 23.53

Women's 200m butterfly:
1. Franziska Hentke (GER) 2:04.42, 2. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:04.69, 3. Mireia Belmonte (ESP) 2:06.97

Men's 200m individual medley:
1. Chad Le Clos (RSA) 1:53.36, 2. Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) 1:54.60, 3. Henrique Rodrigues (BRA) 1:55.08

Women's 400m freestyle:

1. Lauren Boyle (NZL) 4:00.78, 2. Melani Costa (ESP) 4:02.24, 3. Mireia Belmonte (ESP) 4:02.70

Men's 50m freestyle:
1. Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 20.78, 2. George Bovell (TRI) 21.20, 3. Anthony Ervin (USA) 21.26

Women's 200m breaststroke:
1. Iuliia Efimova (RUS) 2:18.33, 2. Mio Motegi (JPN) 2:18.63, 3. Sophie Allen (GBR) 2:23.36

Women's 100m individual medley:
1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 58.29, 2. Alicia Coutts (AUS) 58.32, 3. Alia Atkinson (JAM) 58.42

Men's 200m backstroke:
1. Eugene Godsoe (USA) 1:50.56, 2. Mitchell Larkin (AUS) 1:51.67, 3. Yuki Shirai (JPN) 1:51.74

Women's 50m butterfly:

1. Sarah Sjoestroem (SWE) 25.34, 2. Tao Li (SIN) 25.57, 3. Emma McKeon (AUS) 25.81

Mixed 4x50m freestyle relay:
1. Brazil (Nicholas Oliveira, Fernando Silva, Larissa Oliveira, Graciele Herrmann) 1:31.20, 2. Australia (Regan Leong, Travis Mahoney, Brittany Elmslie, Emma McKeon) 1:32.75, 3. Australia (Mitchell Larkin, Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Chelsea Gillett, Madison Wilson) 1:34.78


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