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Le Clos steams towards series title in Singapore


It’s a foregone conclusion that Chad le Clos will defend his overall men’s title at the Fina World Cup series, writes Mark Etheridge.
The South African Olympic gold medallist has been in sublime form in the 2014 series and Saturday’s Singapore leg was no different.
He bagged two more golds in the 50 and 200-metre butterfly events and on both occasions came close to the world record.
His latest two golds take his gold medal tally to 26 for the series.
In the 200m he touched in 1:48.88, just 0.32 outside his own mark, set at the same meeting last year.
Some way back was Japan’s Daiya Seto in 1:51.81 and Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic who took the bronze in 1:55.85.
In the sprint event of the butterfly, Le Clos clocked 21.98.. that’s just 0.18sec outside Germany’s Steffen Deibler’s world mark set in Berlin five years ago.
It was Deibler who claimed second on Saturday in 22.56 with Le Clos’ SA and Olympic team-mate Roland Schoeman grabbing bronze in 22.62.
Schoeman had earlier won yet another 50m breaststroke title with his time of 25.86. The world mark of 25.25 still belongs to countryman Cameron van der Burgh, set in 2009.
The third South African to get in on the medal-winning act was Myles Brown who took silver in the 400m freestyle as he was timed at 3:39.11 as Aussie rival David McKeon was on 3:38.54. Earlier in the week Brown had taken gold in this event in the Tokyo leg of the series. The winning time was some way off France’s Yannick Agnel’s mark of 3:32.25 set two years ago.
With just Sunday’s action to come, Le Clos cannot be beaten in the race for overall winner and it will be the third time that Le Clos has won this prestigous title.