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LE CLOS HEADLINES SOUTH AFRICA'S CHARGE AT THE FINA SWIMMING WORLD CUP

Johannesburg, Friday, 7th September 2018 - Four of South Africa’s top swimmers will be involved in the opening leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup series kicking off in Kazan, Russia today, Friday.
LE CLOS HEADLINES SOUTH AFRICA'S CHARGE AT THE FINA SWIMMING WORLD CUP

Chad Le Clos

Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos will be spearheading South Africa’s charge as he goes in search of a record-breaking fifth series title.

Le Clos has established himself as the top swimmer in the series, becoming the first male swimmer to win four titles in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017.

The London 2012 Olympic champion and compatriot Cameron van der Burgh were tied with three each before his 2017 feat while Ryk Neethling has two series titles behind his name.

Le Clos will be joined by Gold Coast Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Ryan Coetzee, James Dhooge and Max Kieser.

“South Africa has a proud history in the FINA Swimming World Cup and we are confident our swimmers will once again be making their mark in FINA’s premier annual series,” said Swimming SA’s CEO, Shaun Adriaanse.

Le Clos has won a total of 195 medals in the annual competition since he made his debut in 2009.

The series will kick off in Kazan and Doha in the 50-metre pools with the remaining two clusters held over the short course.

The FINA Swimming World Cup was created in 1988 and a total amount of US$ 2.5 million in prize money will be distributed over the seven galas.

The series will provide the globe’s best swimmer with the opportunity to prepare for the FINA World Short-Course Championships in Hangzhou, China in December.

The 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup calendar:

Cluster 1 (50m-pool):

1.    Kazan (RUS) – September 7-9

2.    Doha (QAT) – September 13-15

Cluster 2 (25m-pool):

3.    Eindhoven (NED) – September 28-30

4.    Budapest (HUN) – October 4-6

Cluster 3 (25m-pool):

5.    Beijing (CHN) – November 2-4

6.    Tokyo (JPN) – November 9-11

7.    Singapore (SGP) – November 15-17

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Swimming South Africa

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Its objective is to encourage the practice of aquatic disciplines for all in South Africa with the purpose of promoting swimming as a life skill through Learn To Swim programmes; providing healthy exercise to South Africans of all ages and races; recruiting recreational swimmers to compete in the various competitions; and promoting competition and athlete development to the highest level. Swimming South Africa is kindly supported by SASCOC, National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Arena, Sport & Recreation SA and Rand Water.

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