South Africa

Le Clos bags two golds in Paris

2015-08-15 19:00
Chad le Clos (Gallo Images)

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 freestyle.

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 3:50.54.

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.


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

How should the 2019/20 English Premier League title race be resolved?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.