Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
3 Dec 2014
1:25 pm

Chad Le Clos off to flying start at short-course Worlds

Wesley Botton

Olympic champions Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh carried the SA team in the morning session on Wednesday, on day one of the World Short-Course Championships in Doha.

FILE PICTURE: Chad le Clos. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Le Clos placed himself in a position to bag the country’s first medal of the biennial event, securing his place in the men’s 200m freestyle final in the evening session.

UPDATE: Chad le Clos bags fourth gold

He was sixth fastest in the heats in 1:42.84, with Dominik Kozma of Hungary qualifying quickest as he touched the wall in 1:42.35.

Meanwhile, Le Clos also booked his spot in the 100m butterfly semifinals.

The fastest man in the world this year over the distance, the South African was second in the heats in 50.35, while Japan’s Kosuke Hagino was the only swimmer in the field to dip under 50 seconds, clocking 49.83.

Van der Burgh took it easy in the first round of the 100m breaststroke, setting the 13th fastest time and progressing to the penultimate round.