Chad le Clos has taken second place in the annual World Cup swimming series, raking in three more gold medals at the ninth and final leg of the short-course campaign in Hong Kong at the weekend.
While former sprint world champion Vladimir Morozov of Russia had already wrapped up the series title ahead of the last leg, preventing Le Clos from lifting a record fourth crown, the South African butterfly star did enough to secure the runner-up spot.
“I’m undefeated for the whole (short-course) season in the 50m and 100m fly, so that’s pretty cool to say,” Le Clos told the Fina website.
“It’s easier said than done, and you still have to get up and do it.”
The four-time Olympic medallist, who also became the first man this year to bag 100 career World Cup gold medals, was set to close out his season at the World Short-Course Championships in Ontario in December.
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary again dominated the World Cup series, winning the overall women’s title for the fifth year in a row.