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Chad takes Cup title

Our Chad “Champion” Le Clos is on top of the world in Tokyo.

The young Durbanite won another two medals on the final evening of the final FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup series in Japan on Sunday.

That saw him claiming the World Cup title, with 176 points accumulated over the seven-leg series and also won him $100,000. All in all he won 35 medals during the series.

This latest award came on top of him being named ‘Most Promising Athlete of the Year’ and the ‘Best Performance of the Year’ award at Saturday night’s Telkom Swimming SA Annual Aquatic Awards in Johannesburg.

The South Africa swimming sensation won an amazing total of 23 gold, 10 silver and 2 bronze medals during the seven legs.

It all started with six gold medals in Dubai; a gold, silver and bronze in Berlin; a gold and a silver in Moscow; two gold and four silver medals in Stockholm; six gold medals in Singapore; six gold and one silver medal in Beijing and a gold, three silver and a bronze medal in Tokyo.

The 19 year-old was also named Top Performer at the Dubai, Berlin, Singapore and Beijing legs for his phenomenal times in the 200m butterfly.

At Saturday night’s final evening session, Le Clos started with a gold medal in the 200-metre freestyle, clocking a fast 1min 43.79sec ahead of Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda 1:43.99 and Syogo Hihara in 1:44.69.

He then concluded the meet and Series with a silver medal in the 200m individual medley when he touched the wall in a time of 1:54.72 behind Kousuke Hagino (1:53.67) and again beating Hidemasa Sano who claimed the bronze in 1:55.94.


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