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.
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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.