South Africa

Le Clos expects final dog-fight

2015-08-07 20:14
Chad le Clos (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Chad le Clos expects a 'dog-fight' for the 100m butterfly title but hopes to bring back South Africa's first gold medal in the pool at the Fina World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Saturday.

The Olympic gold medallist qualified third-fastest in the semi-finals, touching the wall just short of his personal best and national record.

"It is going to be a dog-fight like it was in the 200m butterfly, but this time it is half the distance and there is no leaving it too late," Le Clos said.

"I'm just going to be out there with them, try turn with them and bring it home for South Africa.

"It's an important race for me, to win it for the country, to win the first gold medal. I will do my best."

Le Clos finished in second place in his semi-final on Friday with a time of 51.11 seconds.

The 23-year-old touched the wall behind American Tom Shields, who posted a matching 51.03 time with Laszlo Cseh of Hungary from separate heats.

"I am really happy with my swim it is close to my personal best and I am more confident now than I was after this morning’s swim," Le Clos said.

"It is going to be a hard race tomorrow with Tom Shields and Laszlo in it.

"It will definitely take a sub-51 to win it and I will have to go faster than my best time."

Cseh continued his sizzling form at the championships in the morning heats where he clocked 50.91.

The Hungarian beat Le Clos in his favourite 200m butterfly event on Wednesday.

It was Le Clos' first defeat at a major championship since beating American swimming legend Michael Phelps at the 2012 London Olympic Games for the title in the same event.

Read more on:    chad le clos  |  swimming
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
6 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Floyd 'Money' Mayweather v Conor 'The Notorious' McGregor ... who've you got in Saturday's mega fight?

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.