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SA Olympic champs strike gold in Dubai
- Updated: October 3, 2012
South Africa’s Olympic swimming champions Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh both won their events at the opening of the FINA World Cup competition in Dubai on Tuesday night.
Le Clos is the defending men’s World Cup champion and truly came of age at the London Olympics earlier this year.
Le Clos, who edged out Michael Phelps by 0.05 seconds in London to win the 200m butterfly gold, was too good to be caught in the same event here, and won by one-tenth of a second over Daiya Seto of Japan with a time of 1min 51.61sec.
Seto later had the consolation of winning the 400m individual medley, reports AFP.
Le Clos later also won silver in the 50m butterfly. Kenya’s Jason Dunford won that event in 22.77, with Le Clos coming home in 22.86.
Van der Burgh, in his first race after his gold in London 2012, was the overwhelming favourite in the 50m breaststroke and comfortably won in 26.64s.
While Dubai is the season-opener for the Swimming World Cup 2012 (two-day meets conducted on short, 25-metre courses), the eight-leg series will move to a brand new city next week when Doha, Qatar, hosts its first ever championship from October 6-7.
A total prize fund of $1.2m will be distributed to the winners by the end of the series.