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Four medals for Le Clos in Netherlands

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South Africa’s Olympic and Commonwealth gold medallist Chad le Clos was on top form at the weekend’s FINA Swimming World Cup in Eindhoven, Netherlands, winning four medals.

In the 100-metre butterfly, Le Clos clocked 49.56sec to win the gold, while in the 200m butterfly, the Cape Town-based swimmer came from behind to win the race in 1:51.09.

Le Clos hit the wall in second place in the 200m freestyle with a time of 1:42.20 while US swimmer Blake Pieroni won the race in 1:41.83. Australian Mack Horton finished third in 1:43.63.

Le Clos added the 50m butterfly silver medal finishing second behind Brazilian Nicholas Santos, who won the sprint event in 22.08 just 0.01secs ahead of the South African. Compatriot Ryan Coetzee finished the race in seventh with a time of 22.99.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Brad Tandy also stepped onto the podium, winning silver in the 50m freestyle and clocking 21.19.

Russian flyer Vladimir Morozov won the race in 20.69 with Pieroni finishing third in a time of 21.34.

Tandy was also a part of the mixed 4×50m freestyle relay quartet which included Douglas Erasmus, Tayla Lovemore and Catherine Royden-Turner that finishing fourth in a time of 1:34.29.

Lovemore also featured in the women’s 100m butterfly final where she finished fifth in a time of 57.41 with Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom winning the race in 54.91.

The FINA Swimming World Cup will continue in Budapest, Hungary, starting on Thursday and ending on Saturday.

PHOTO: Le Clos in World Cup action, by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images


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