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Fourth medal for Chad
- Updated: August 9, 2011
Commonwealth and world short course champion Chad le Clos was the stand-out swimmer on the third day of the SA Short Course Championships in Johannesburg with a three-medal haul on Monday.
Le Clos added two gold medals and one silver medal to the gold he won on Sunday, reports Sapa. He clinched gold in the men’s 100-metre freestyle and 100m butterfly and silver in the 100m individual medley.
Le Clos and Tyrone Skea were swimming toe-to-toe in the men’s 100m freestyle final but the 19-year-old Durbanite went out strong in the final lap which gave him the edge to win comfortably in 49.04 seconds.
Skea secured the silver medal touching in a time of 50.33, while Jason Lawson clinched bronze clocking 51.01.
The highlight of the evening was the fierce battle between the 19-year-old Le Clos and Gerhard Zandberg in the men’s 100m individual medley.
Neither of the two swimmers gave an inch but Zandberg’s experience ultimately counted in his favour as he won the race in a time of 53.96.
Le Clos finished less than a second behind Zandberg in a time of 54.34 with Wesley Morris taking bronze clocking 56.78.
Zandberg said he had to win as he could not afford losing against a swimmer 10 years younger than him. ÔÇ£He comes out of a fit background and age is not on my side anymore,ÔÇØ said Zandberg.
He said he had hoped that the race had brought some spectator value to the championships and that it was important for young
swimmers to see that young swimmers can give the experienced campaigners a run for their money.
ÔÇ£I am really proud of Chad (Le Clos) for what he has achieved and what he still will achieve in future is amazing,ÔÇØ he said.
Le Clos later added his third gold medal of the evening when he went head-to-head with Nico Meyer and Garth Tune in the men’s 100m butterfly final.
Tune chased hard but Le Clos lived up to expectations to finish first posting an impressive 52.52 with Tune taking silver clocking 53.25. Meyer received the bronze medal in 54.38.
Karin Prinsloo opened the finals on the third day with her second golden medal as she dominated the women’s 100m freestyle from start to finish.
The 21-year-old from Pretoria touched in a time of 55.69 with Lehesta Kemp finishing behind her in a time of 56.65. Kayla Ferreira secured third place clocking 57.24.
In the women’s 50m butterfly final 16-year-old Marne Erasmus caused an upset as she pipped butterfly specialist Mandy Loots.
Loots had a slow start and could not keep up with the up-and-coming swimmer from East-London.
Erasmus secured gold touching in a time of 27.18 with Loots finishing in second place in a time of 27.57.
Megan Scott and Ashleigh Brown were tied in third place with both swimmers clocking 29.57.
Loots, however, made up for the loss when she came out strong in the women’s 100m individual medley where she was up against Jean-Marie Neethling.
Loots enjoyed the lead from the start in the butterfly which formed the base of her confident win clocking 1:03.02.
Neethling clinched the silver medal in a time of 1:04.90 while Jeanie du Toit finished in third place in a time of 1:06.08.
It was Loot’s fourth gold medal out of the five finals she swam over the first three days.
The men’s 100m breaststroke was won by Jared Pike in a time of 1:02.47, with Cheyne Fisher who took second place in 1:03.14. Kyle Baxter was third in 1:03.31.
In the men’s 400m freestyle final Jay-Cee Thomson won in a time of 3:55.56, with Michael Meyer taking second place clocking 3:02.01.
Caitlin Kat won the 400m freestyle final in 4:21.03, with Bianca Hauzer finishing in second place in 4:22.52 and Zoe Venter clinching bronze in 4:23.64.