Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
15 Dec 2014
1:30 pm

Le Clos shines for SA in 2014 (video)

Wesley Botton

There were some superb performances during the 2014 South African swimming season, thanks largely to another impressive campaign by Chad le Clos.

FILE PICTURE: South Africa's Chad Le Clos. EPA/ALI HAIDER

These are some of the highlights from major international events this year:

July  

The SA swimming team stand up and deliver in fine style at the Commonwealth Games. Led by Le Clos, who bags a record seven medals, the swimming contingent rake in 12 of the nation’s 40 medals, making the largest contribution of all the sport codes represented in the squad.

November

Le Clos makes history at the final leg of the annual Fina World Cup in Singapore, bagging his 27th gold medal of the 2014 series. He becomes the first man to win the overall World Cup title for the third time.

December

The 22-year-old sensation from Durban again carries the SA team, this time at the World Short-Course Championships in Doha. He secures four gold medals and breaks the 100m butterfly world record when he touches the wall in 48.44 seconds. Cameron van der Burgh, returning from a shoulder injury, also secures silver in the 50m breaststroke as South Africa finish fourth in the medals table, equalling their best ever performance at the biennial showpiece.