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South Africa continued their golden run at the Sette Colli Championships in Rome on Friday, writes Mark Etheridge.

On Thursday it was Cameron Van der Burgh who took breaststroke gold and on Friday it was Chad le Clos who won the 200-metre butterfly final.

The 200m fly is one of his speciality events and he won in 1min 55.67sec from Japan’s Kazuya Kaneda (1:57.67) and Italian Francesco Pavone (1:57.71).

Le Clos was also in action in the 400m Individual Medley where he took fourth in 4:16.66.

In the women’s 400m IM Le Clos’ fellow Durbanite, Kathryn Meaklim was also fourth in 4:47.63.

Pretoria’s Karin Prinsloo continued her fine run of form in Europe with fourth place in the 100m backstroke (1:01.22).

Backstrokers Darren Murray and Charl Crous swam the B final and took fourth and fifth.

Kathryn Meaklim missed out on a medal in the 400m individual medley when she ended in fourth place with a time of 4:47.63

The Sette Colli event winds up on Saturday but the South Africans stay on in Italy for a training camp in Pescara and then their final pre-Olympic training camp in Monaco before the Games in London.


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