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Six of the best as Le Clos makes merry in Moscow
- Updated: October 6, 2014
In-form Chad le Clos continued his imperious reign in the pool with six more gold medals in Moscow, writes Mark Etheridge.
Le Clos was competing in the fourth leg of the FINA World Cp series in Russia.
On day one he won the 200-metre butterfly, 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle.
His times were 1min 49.73sec, 22.08sec and 46.60sec respectively. In the ‘fly it was once again American Tom Shields who gave the South African his closest competition, finishing runner-up and in third spot.
Le Clos told the Fina website after his 200m victory that he was still looking forward to racing Michael Phelps, the man who he beat in London to take Olympic gold two years ago: ‘I will enjoy the new stage of competing with Michael. My plan is to do my best in training and at the competitions. Michael is still the world record holder. And this is a good motivation for me. I think I’m able to beat him one more time like I did in London 2012.’
On the second day of competition, it was business as usual for Le Clos as he duly won another three gold medals.
Those came in the 100m butterfly (48.99), 200m Individual Medley (1:52.72) and the 50m freestyle (21.33).
The latest victories will ensure that Le Cos stays comfortably atop the Fina World rankings.
The World Cup series now moves on to Beijing, China for the next leg, on 24-25 October.