Jessica Pengelly has followed fellow South African Chad le Clos’ golden run in this year’s FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup┬á in Singapore on Friday.
Le Clos has won a bagful of medals in the first few legs of the Series and was again on song in Singapore with three more golds.
The 19-year-old KwaZulu-Natal ace swam to the top of the medal podium in the 400-metre individual medley in a time of 4min 04.16sec ahead of Japan’s Kosuke Hagino (4:04.51) and Austria’s Markus Rogan who clocked 4:09.49 for bronze.
But Le Clos is hungry for medals and grabbed his second gold medal only two races later in the 200m butterfly. The Durbanite was fastest in a time of 1:51.05 ahead of Australia’s Christopher Wright in 1:53.60 and China’s Yin Chen in 1:54.60.
Then to make it a hat-trick of golds, he also scooped the gold in his final event of the opening day, the 100m individual medley. Chad raced to a time of 53.06 to take the title with Australia’s Kyle Richardson in second with 53.40 and Colombia’s Omar Pinzon in third with 53.78.
Back to Pengelly and she announced herself in fine style in her first World Cup of the season, in the first event of the evening session. She was eight seconds ahead of the opposition in the 800m freestyle touching the wall in a golden time of 8:22.05. Silver and bronze were claimed by China’s Sinan Ha (8:30.82) and Anqi Bai (8:43.22).
In the 200m backstroke later on in the finals, Pengelly finished seventh with a time of 2:11.07.
There are just two legs of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup Series in Beijing (8-9 November) and Tokyo (12-13 November) left, and the race is on for the top honors, with Le Clos clearly a major contender.