The FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup Series concluded in Tokyo yesterday with another fantastic performance from South Africa’s Chad le Clos.
Le Clos, who was named ‘Most Promising Athlete of the Year’ and won the ‘Best Performance of the Year’ award at Telkom Swimming SA Annual Aquatic Awards, was on top of the world as he claimed the World Cup Title based on the 176 points accumulated over the last six legs as well as the $100,000 grand prize.
The South Africa swimming sensation won an amazing total of 23 gold, 10 silver and 2 bronze medals during Swimming World Cup.
It all started with six gold medals in Dubai; a gold, silver and bronze in Berlin; a gold and a silver in Moscow; two gold and four silver medals in Stockholm; six gold medals in Singapore; six gold and one silver medal in Beijing and a gold, three silver and a bronze medal in Tokyo.
The 19 year old was also named Top Performer at the Dubai, Berlin, Singapore and Beijing legs for his phenomenal times in the 200 m butterfly.
At yesterday’s final evening session, Le Clos started with a gold medal in the 200 m freestyle, clocking a fast 1:43.79 ahead of Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda 1:43.99 and Syogo Hihara in 1:44.69.
The Durbanite concluded the meet and Series with a silver medal in the 200m individual medley when he touched the wall in a time of 1:54.72 behind Kousuke Hagino (1:53.67) and again beating Hidemasa Sano who claimed the bronze in 1:55.94.