Day 12 of the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea
Gwangju, Wednesday, 24thJuly 2019 - Gwangju, Wednesday, 24th July 2019 - Chad le Clos won South Africa’s first medal at the at the 18th FINA World Long-Course Championships in Gwangju,
South Korea on Wednesday bagging bronze in the 200m butterfly.
The four-time world champion blitzed out of the blocks leading the race over the two laps with Hungarian sensation Kristof Malik reeling him in over the second half of the race.
Malik was in a class of his smashing American icon Michael Phelps’ world record touching first in a breathtaking 1:50.73. He chopped 0.78s off the record Phelps set in 2009.
Japan’s Daiya Seto finished behind him with a time of 1:53.86 with Le Clos clinching his fifth world championship medal in a time of 1:54.15.
“That was a tough race, I tried my best and went out hard over the first 100 metres, and I felt I could win the race,” Le Clos said.
“He (Malik) was resilient; he was fantastic…1:50 is a freestyle time, so fair play to him. He is a young man with a bright future ahead of him. Nothing changes for me; I will come to hunt him down next year,” concluded Le Clos.
The South African mixed 4x100m medley relay team of Tatjana Schoenmaker, Christopher Reid, Ryan Coetzee and Erin Gallagher posted a new African record of 3:49.90 but failed to make it into the final.
“I think it was a really good race, we got the African record which is awesome to be the fastest team in Africa in the history of swimming, so we are pretty stoked about that result,” Gallagher said.
Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Dune Coetzee raced a brave race in her 200m butterfly heat finishing seventh clocking 2:11.92. The 17-year-old finished 20th overall at her maiden senior world championships. Coetzee needed to set a new personal best to make it into the evening’s semi-finals.
In the men’s 200m Individual Medley, Eben Vorster finished eighth in his heat with a time of 2:05.69 missing out on the spot in the next round.
SA Swimming Team in Gwangju, Korea:
Alaric Basson, Michael Houlie, Chad le Clos, Aryton Sweeney, Bradley Tandy, Christopher Reid, Eben Vorster.
Emma Chelius, Kaylene Corbett, Dune Coetzee, Erin Gallagher Tayla Lovemore, Rebecca Meder, Tatjana Schoenmaker, Nathania van Niekerk, Mariella Venter.
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