Chad le Clos strikes gold twice at FINA swimming world cup

Chad le Clos strikes gold twice at FINA swimming world cup

- The FINA swimming world cup kicked off in Eindhoven, where Olympic champion Chad le Clos won 2 gold medals during the first 2 days

- Le Clos won in the 100 and 200 metre butterfly events

- The Olympic star won the 100m in a time of 49.56 and the 200m event 1:51.09

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The FINA swimming world cup got off to a bang for South Africa as Olympic champion, Chad le Clos kicked off the event by winning the 100m and 200m butterfly gold medals over the first two days. “It was painful”, said le Clos following his victory in 1.51.09 in the 200 meter butterfly. He defeated Japan's Yuya Yajima, who finished second.

“It was a though field. Thank to everyone for the support. 200 fly is my baby. Always having fun” he giggled.

Le Clos fell sick on the eve of his race on the opening day of the second leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup in Doha in September and is clearly making up for lost time.

The South African golden boy bagged three medals in the opening leg of the short-course tournament in Kazan.

The 100m butterfly victory over the weekend was achieved by finishing first in a time of 49.56 beating Brazil’s Nicholas Santos who finished second in a time of 50.22.

Le Clos then went on to claim the title in the 200m butterfly event in a time of 1:51.09.

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Le Clos has clearly taken a liking to the competition as he's won the Overall Swimming World Cup an astonishing four times over a period ranging from 2011 to 2017. 2018 has been another golden year for Le Clos as he claimed three gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly contests at the Commonwealth Games. The 50 metre victory was achieved at a rapid rate of 23,37 seconds.

The 26 year old South African swimmer is an Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games champion as well as the Commonwealth record holder in the 50 and 100-metre butterfly. also noted that his list of achievements include a second placed finish in the 100m freestyle and third in the 4×100 medley relay. With another win in the 200m butterfly, he made history as the first man to win the 200m butterfly Commonwealth title on 3 consecutive occasions.

Based in Cape Town, the Sea Point resident is never far away from the water. The 2012 olympic champion is a huge football fan, supporting Manchester United and is a brand ambassador for the Discovery Vitality program.

In 2014, he added another feather in his cap as he was voted SwimSwam’s Swammy Award-winner for Male Swimmer of the Year.

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