Doha - South Africa's Chad le Clos has won gold in the 200m freestyle final at the FINA World swimming championships (25m) in Doha on Wednesday.
Le Clos finished in a time of 1:41.45sec, 0.22secs ahead of Russia's Danila Izotov, with America's Ryan Lochte finishing in third in a time of 1:42.09sec.
In other action, Cameron van der Burgh qualified as the fifth fastest for
Thursday's 100m men's breaststroke final after finishing fourth in his semi-final in a time of 57.18sec.
Meanwhile, Mireia Belmonte set a new 200m women's butterfly world record.
Spaniard posted a time of 1:59.61sec to claim the world title,
taking 1.17secs off the previous best set by China's Liu Zige in the era
of performance-enhancing suits in 2009.
All eyes had been on
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu who had been ominous in the heats and the 'Iron
Lady' appeared on course for a first title of the meet and possible
With 50m to go Hosszu was 0.89secs under world record pace but Belmonte produced a perfectly judged final two lengths.
Le Clos then took to the pool once more for the 100m men's butterfly semi-final and never looked like being usurped as he blasted his way into the final as the fastest qualifier in a time of 49.25secs, nearly 0.5 secs faster than his nearest competitor.