Johannesburg - Chad le Clos spearheaded South Africa’s
charge on the first day of the France leg of the Fina World Cup series stepping
onto the top step on the podium in two events on Saturday.
Fellow Olympic gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh again
highlighted his rich vein of form with a comfortable victory in the men’s 50m
breaststroke while Myles Brown earned a silver medal in the 400m
Le Clos was in a class of his own in the 200m butterfly
where he led from start to finish winning by more than two body lengths.
The 23-year-old posted a time of 1:54.18, more than three
seconds faster than his nearest rival Jordan Coelho of France with 1:57.58
while Australia’s David Morgan bagged bronze clocking 1:58.93.
In his final event of the evening, Le Clos blasted to victory
in the 50m butterfly in a time of 23.23 with American Timothy Philips taking
silver in 23.42 and Jayden Hadler of Australia finishing third with 23.66.
Van der Burgh was also in dominant form winning with a
time of 26.74 which was just short of his season’s best time of 26.62.
He touched the wall well ahead of the second-placed
Brendan McHugh of the United States, who posted a time of 27.61 with Paraguay’s
Rento Prono Fernandez bagging bronze in 27.76.
In the 400m freestyle final and racing in lane one, Myles Brown was involved in a tit-for-tat
battle with Jan Micka, of the Czech Republic, who took the spoils with a time of
Brown stayed in contention for most of the race finishing
in second place, after being in third spot at the final turn, posting a time of 3:50.67 with
Austria’s David Brandl touching in third with 3:51.15.