SA’s Chad le Clos does it again as he takes home one gold and one silver medal on the first day of the FINA Swimming World Cup in Stockholm today, Saturday, 15th October 2011.
Le Clos, who is the current sitting on top of the points table after his six gold medals in Dubai, secured his first gold in Stockholm in the 400m individual medley race. The Durbanite was in the lead from start to finish when he touched the wall in a time of 4:03.10. The silver medal went to Japan’s Daiya Seto in 4:03.33 and the bronze to Hungary’s David Verraszto in 4:03.45.
It was a tough battle in the 200m butterfly between Le Clos and Japan’s Hidemasa Sano. The South African was in the lead in the first 50m but slowed to second, clocking a silver time of 1:51.88. Sano’s time of 1:51.33 won him the gold with the bronze going to Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski in 1:53.93.
The final day of the Stockholm leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup will take place tomorrow, which will be followed by Moscow (18-19 October), Berlin (22-23 October), Singapore (4-5 November), Beijing (8-9 November) with the final leg taking place in Tokyo (12-13 November).