Every South African a Swimmer

Chad le Clos wins four medals during the Budapest leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup

Chad le Clos wins four medals during the Budapest leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup
Budapest, Sunday, 7th October 2018 - Chad le Clos completed another successful FINA Swimming World Cup meeting, winning four medals at the Budapest leg over the weekend.

The four-time Olympic medallist won two gold medals and two silver in a repeat of the Eindhoven leg from a week ago.

Le Clos posted the slowest time in the heats session of the 200m butterfly but that did little to hold him back in the final as he lead from start to finishing, touching first in a time of 1:50.29.

Japan’s Daiya Seto gained on the South African over the final 50 metres of the race but had to be content with the silver clocking 1:51.01 with countryman Yuya Yajima (1:51.80) bagging bronze.

Le Clos kicked off the gala on a golden note when he won the 100m butterfly in 49.22 ahead of France’s Mehdy Metella in 49.71 and Brazil’s Nicholas Santos in 50.12, while Ryan Coetzee finished in eighth place clocking 51.54.

Brad Tandy also stepped onto the podium on the opening night claiming the bronze in the 50m freestyle final in 21.06 behind Russia’s Vladimir Morozov in 20.51 and Great Britain’s Ben Proud in 20.89.

On the final night of the gala, Le Clos was denied the butterfly treble finishing second in the 50m race.

Santos smashed the World Record in the 50m butterfly, posting a time of 21.75 with Le Clos touching behind him in 22.11, while Kosuke Matsui finished third in 22.62. Coetzee missed out on a podium place finishing fifth in 22.73.

In his final race of the night Le Clos finished second in the 200m freestyle in 1:42.78 with the USA’s Blake Pieroni beating him to the wall in 1:42.00 with Morozov rounding off the podium in 1:43.01.

The FINA Swimming World Cup will move to Beijing between 2nd and 4th November for the start of the third and final cluster.


For further information please contact:

Swimming South Africa

011 404 2480

Swimming South Africa is the governing body of aquatics in South Africa.

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.