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SA trio in golden form in Tokyo World Cup
- Updated: October 30, 2014
The human fish that is Chad le Clos has flashed to more gold in the Tokyo leg of the FINA World Cup series in Japan, writes Mark Etheridge.
And he was joined by veteran Roland Schoeman and Myles Brown who were also on top of their game in the land of the rising sun.
Clearly chuffed at his ongoing success, Durban’s Le Close tweeted afterward: ’24 from 24 wins, six down, 1stop to go#historygonnabemade’
That one stop on the six-leg World Cup circuit is Singapore at the weekend and Le Clos is looking unstoppable right now.
On this occasion, Le Clos got gold in the 50 and 200-metre butterfly event. His time in the sprint event was 22.20sec with Schoeman second in 22.66.
More impressive though was Le Clos’s 200m fly gold as he splashed to a 1:49.20 win, the quickest time of the year to date. He also got the better of rising Japanese star Daiya Seto who got silver in 1:49.68.
At the last two meetings Le Clos had clocked winning times of 1:49.73, so Tokyo shows a step up in urgency.
Schoeman was also in action in the 50m breaststroke where he posted his quickest time of the series, a 26.20, from Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta (26.60) and its fourth win of the series in this event.
Finally Brown, like Le Clos and Schoeman part of Team SA at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland earlier this year, also took gold in the 400m freestyle as he won in 3:37.96 from Britain’s James Guy (3:40.82).