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Gold for Le Clos, bronze for Shankland, Schoenmaker in Hong Kong
- Updated: September 29, 2014
Olympian Chad le Clos blitzed to victory in the men’s 100-metre freestyle final in the World Cup swimming event in Hong Kong on Monday, writes Mark Etheridge.
The meeting is the third leg of a seven-event series and takes place on Monday and Tuesday.
Le Clos, a two-time medallist at the 2012 Olympics in London, led from start to finish.
He clocked 22:10 for the the 50m mark and went on to win in a swift 46.35 seconds.
Bronze medallist was training partner and fellow South African Leith Shankland. The Durbanite was second at the turn behind Le Clos but was overtaken by American Thomas Shields who secured silver in 47.80. Shankland’s time was 47.82.
Le Clos and Shankland are part of an 18-strong squad taking part in Hong Kong.
Le Clos later swam to his second gold of the meeting with a win in the 50m butterfly. His winning time was 22.35 and once again it was Shields who was the runner-up.
In the women’s 100m breaststroke final, there were three South African in action.
Flagbearer for Team South Africa at the 2nd African Youth Games in Gaborone earlier this year, Tatjana Schoenmaker, took the bronze medal in 1:08.07.
Then, Vidette Coetzee took fifth in 1:11.52 and Natale Maritz eighth in 1:13.69 as Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson demolished the field to win in 1:03.23.