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Golden boy Chad narrowly misses own world record in Dubai
- Updated: October 18, 2013
Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos came within 0.03 seconds of breaking his own 200-metre butterfly world record on the opening night of the Dubai leg of the World Cup on Thursday night.
Le Clos, who won the gold in the event ahead of his idol Michael Phelps in the 2012 London Olympics, easily lived up to his billing as the favourite with a brilliant effort as he stopped the clock at 1min 49.07sec, reports AFP.
In Eindhoven, earlier this year, he had picked up a world record bonus of $10 000 with a 1:49.04 effort.
Le Clos was better than his Eindhoven timing halfway through the race, but could not maintain the pace in the second half.
However, he was a comfortable winner, Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski second in 1:51.26 and Brazil’s Frederico Veloso De Castro taking third in 1:54.91.
However, it still wasn’t a 100 per cent day for the 21-year-old South African sensation, as he failed to pick up a second gold, losing the 50m butterfly to compatriot Roland Schoeman by the narrowest of margins ÔÇô one-hundredth of a second.
Schoeman was home in 22.27, edging Le Clos to runner-up place at 22.28. Schoeman had earlier won the men’s 50m breast by nearly a second over Germany’s Hendrik Feldwehr.
The South African clocked a 25.96 to Feldwehr’s 26.95, while Japan’s Shinri Shioura wound up third in 27.38.
There was also some silverware for South African Myles Brown in the men’s 1500m as he clocked 3:41.84 behind Australia’s Robert Hurley (3:40.24).