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Le Clos opens Champs with one of his ‘best medals’
- Updated: December 4, 2014
Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos says that winning the 200-metre men’s freestyle at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha on Wednesday was one of the best swim medals he has ever won.
Le Clos won the first medal of the championships when he underlined his versatility with victory in the 200m freestyle ahead of Russian Danila Izotov and defending champion Ryan Lochte, reports AFP.
Le Clos is a butterfly specialist with world and Olympic titles but he is considering adding the freestyle to his repertoire.
He was never out of the top three in the final and from third at the 150m mark he stretched every sinew to win in 1:41.45, 0.22 secs ahead of Izotov – who was eighth at halfway.
Lochte only just squeezed into the final by 0.04sec in eighth but he was always in a medal position to take bronze in 1:42.09.
‘That was great, one of the best swim medals I have ever won,’ purred Le Clos.
‘It’s a race I have wanted to win for a long time – on a world stage of course. At the World Cups I have never swum a 200 freestyle so it is my first one – I am really happy.
‘It’s short course, I want to be the best long course. I know my turns are really good so to chase these guys long course is going to be a different ball game but I’ll take it away and work on it when I get back home.’