Winning gold is becoming second nature for super-swimmer Chad le Clos as the South African teenager raced ahead of the pack once again with a 66-point lead at the final of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup Series in Beijing on Wednesday.
Le Clos was named Top Performer of the Meet and won three gold medals.
In his first event of the evening finals, Le Clos was in top form, touching the wall in a phenomenal time of 1min 43.62sec to take the 200-metre freestyle title. China’s Haiqi Jiang was second in 1:43.89 and Kyle Richardson from Australia third in 1:45.21.
It was a battle to the wall in the 100m butterfly as Le Clos touched 0.13sec behind Australia’s Christopher Wright at the 50m turn but gained speed in the last 50m to grab the gold in a time of 50.93. Wright’s time of 51.07 guaranteed him the silver, while the bronze medal went to China’s Weiwu Chen in 51.41.
Le Clos’ third gold medal came in the 200m individual medley with a fast time of 1:55.04 ahead of Austria’s Markus Rogan (1:56.33) and China’s Weijia Liu (1:56.61).
The Beijing leg of the Series is Le Clos’ third six gold-medal haul, after achieving the same success at the Dubai and Singapore legs of the competition.
The final leg of the Series will see the participants receive double points for their performances and with the South African on 136 and Japan’s Hidemasa Sano on 70, Le Clos looks sure to bring the title home.
Dates for the final leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup are 12-13 November at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center. The overall winners of the Series will receive $100,000, while the second place prize is $50,000 and the third place $30,000.