Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
7 Dec 2014
8:04 am

Another gold for Chad le Clos

Wesley Botton

Chad le Clos continued his assault on the World Short-Course Championships on Saturday night, pocketing his third gold medal on day four of the biennial showpiece in Doha.

Chad Le Clos competes during the Swimming Men's 100m Butterfly preliminaries heat five on day fourteen of the 15th FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi on August 2, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Le Clos won the men’s 50m butterfly final in a championship record 21.95 seconds, just 0.08 outside Roland Schoeman’s five-year-old national record, as he edged Brazilian silver medallist Nicholas Santos by 0.13.

The 22-year-old South African, who bagged 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly gold earlier in the week, remained the only SA swimmer to secure a medal, with only one day of competition remaining.

Meanwhile, in the last race of the evening, the SA quartet (Luke Pendock, Clayton Jimmie, Lehesta Kemp and Trudi Maree) finished seventh in the mixed 4x50m freestyle relay final in 1:33.19.

The United States won gold in a world record 1:28.57.

Cameron van der Burgh booked his place in Sunday night’s 50m breaststroke final, qualifying fourth fastest (26.11) in the penultimate round.

Fellow South African Giulio Zorzi was eliminated in the semifinals, taking 14th place in 26.68.

Leith Shankland was also knocked out in the semifinals, in the men’s 100m freestyle event. He was ranked 13th (47.46).