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More medals for Chad

Multi-talented Chad le Clos returns from the Hungarian Olympic swimming trials in Debrecen today with three silver and one bronze medal added to his luggage, writes Mark Etheridge.

Le Clos, 19, was in the European country to fine-tune preparations ahead of the all-important SA national trials in Durban later this month where he is expected to cement his place in Team South Africa for the Olympic Games.

The Durban youngster swam four events, taking silver in the 200-metre Individual Medley, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly and bronze in the 200m backstroke.

“Laszlo Cseh [triple Olympic silver medallist] beat me in the medley and the 200m backstroke guy was very fast, he’s world No2,” Le Clos told Road to London 2012 on Monday.

The winner of the 200m back was Hungarian Peter Bernek who won in 1min 57.10sec. Le Clos took bronze in 2:01.21 with Gabor Balog second in 1:59.44.

“I was happy with my free and fly but not the IM and back and felt I should have been quicker,” said Le Clos. “But it’s not┬á so bad, I’ll have to see how I go in two weeks because that’s when it really counts.”

Le Clos clocked 52.86sec for his silver in the 100m fly, 0.29 behind Cseh after taking the turn 0.22sec off the pace.
In the 100m freestyle final he clocked 49.6.

Also doing duty in Debrecen was Ronwynne Roper and Wesley Gilchrist and Roper brings gold back home are pipping Tanja Smid in the women’s 200m breaststroke final. She clocked 2:29.04 to Smid’s 2:29.14. She also swam the 50m breaststroke where she took fourth in 33.25.

Gilchrist took fourth spot in the men’s 50m freestyle final, touching in 23.18sec. He was also sixth in the men’s 100m fly final with a time of 56.84.