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Russian silver for Chad
- Updated: October 19, 2011
Swimming ace Chad le Clos paced himself to yet another medal on Tuesday night, this time in Moscow, Russia and the first day of that country’s FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup event.
The Durban swimmer won a sensational six medals at last week’s Stockholm leg of the series and has carried his victorious form across Europe, notching a rare victory against USA sensation Michael Phelps in the process.
On Tuesday it was a silver medal for the former Westville Boys High pupil. He was in a heated battle for the gold medal with Japan’s Hidemasa Sano in the 200-metre butterfly event and was in the lead for the first 50m. But Sano overtook the South African at the 100m turn to take the gold in 1min 51.62sec.
So it was silver for Le Clos, who clocked 1:51.95 and he at least had the consolation of beating Phelps, who ended with a time of 1:53.24 to take home the bronze.
Wednesday’s final day of the Moscow leg will see Le Clos in action in two more events, the 100m butterfly and the 200m individual medley races.
The World Cup Series continues a few days later in Berlin on 22-23 October, Singapore (4-5 November), Beijing (8-9 November) with the final leg taking place in Tokyo (12-13 November).