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- Updated: April 19, 2009
Chad le Clos became the 19th swimmer to post a World Championship A level qualifying time with his effort in the 400m individual medley heats at the Telkom SA National Aquatic Championships at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre in Durban.┬á
ÔÇ£I went out really hard over the first 200 metres of the race and took some strain during the breaststroke leg but I could hear the crowd cheering and whistling and this encouraged me to dig deep for the energy to finish strongly,ÔÇØ said Westville Boys High Grade 11 pupil le Clos, who clocked 4min 17.62sec inside the qualifying mark of 4:17.73.┬á
Westville Boys High now have two of their pupils shortlisted for the World┬áChampionships, with matric pupil Charl van Zyl having qualified in the 50m backstroke earlier in the championships.┬á
Le Clos’ performance followed the world record set by Eastern Province’s┬áParalympic swim star Kevin Paul, who clocked 31.51 in the 50m ┬ábreaststroke in the SB9 classification. His previous world best of 32.09 was set in Port Elizabeth.┬á
Zimbabwean Kirsty Coventry also received great support as she posted a World Championship B qualifying time of 4:50.57 in the women’s 400m individual medley.