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Chad’s golden streak
- Updated: November 5, 2011
Six of the best… that was our teenage superstar Chad le Clos’ medal haul after the second and final night of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup meeting in Singapore on Saturday.
Le Clos won three gold medals on Friday night and repeated that on Saturday, leading to him being named Performer of the Meet.
Starting with the 200-metre freestyle, Le Clos was over a second ahead of Australia’s Cameron Mcevoy when he touched the wall in 1:43.80 to Mcevoy’s 1:44.45. The bronze medal went to Japan’s Kosuke Hagino in 1:44.58.
Nineteen-year-old Le Clos was on top of the medal podium again a few races later for the 100m butterfly event. Finishing with a fast time of 50.63, there was no stopping Le Clos who raced ahead of Australian Christopher Wright (51.01) and Kenya’s Jason Dunford (51.06).
To end the evening on a high note, the KwaZulu-Natalian concluded the Singapore leg with a gold medal in the 200m individual medley, clocking 1:54.06. Coming in second was Japan’s Kosuke Hagino in 1:54.24 and in third was Austria’s Markus Rogan in 1:56.02.
This is Le Clos’ second six gold medal haul after he claimed six gold medals at the opening leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Dubai. With his fantastic performance this weekend, Le Clos is now 41 points ahead of the pack going into the second to final leg in Beijing.
SA’s Jessica Pengelly was also among the medals as she grabbed the bronze medal in the 400m individual medley in a time of 4:34.24 behind Japan’s Miyu Otsuka (4:31.35) and Australia’s Ellen Fullerton (4:31.90).
In her final race of the day, Pengelly just missed out on a medal when she ended in fourth place in the 400m freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 4:07.64.
The FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup Series continues next week in Beijing (8-9 November) following which the final leg will take place in Tokyo (12-13 November), where Le Clos will be hoping to increase his lead and possibly win the Series.