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Silver and a new African Record for Chad le Clos during the first day of the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships

by ZwemZa on December 11th, 2018

Chad Le Clos during the 2017 South Africa National Aquatic Championships at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre, South Africa on 05 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Silver and an African record for Olympian Chad le Clos, as the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) got underway in Hangzhou, China today.

In the 200m butterfly, Le Clos was fastest off the block but lost some speed at the 100m mark to conclude the final with the silver medal and a new African record in 1:48.32, while Japan’s Daiya Seto broke the South African’s World Record and clocked a fast 1:48.24 to Le Clos’ 2013 time of 1:48.56. The bronze went to China’s Zhuhao Li in 1:50.39.

Cameron van der Burgh successfully qualified for tomorrow night’s final of the 100m breaststroke when he touched the wall in a time of 56.90, ending in 6th place in today’s semi-finals. The fastest qualifier was Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli in 56.30.

In other results from the morning heats session, Rebecca Meder finished in an overall 18th place in the 400m individual medley with a time of 4:39.31, while Ayrton Sweeney was 27th in the 200m individual medley, clocking 1:58.76.

Tomorrow’s programme will feature Le Clos is the 200m freestyle and the 100m butterfly, while Ryan Coetzee will also compete in the butterfly event and Erin Gallagher will take on the 100m freestyle.



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