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Medals for Le Clos, Bosch

South Africa took another two medals in the pool at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore on Monday to bring the medal count to three.

After Chad le Clos had won silver in the men’s 400-metre freestyle on Sunday he was again in medal-winning form the next day.

This time out the Westville High School product won the men’s 200m Individual Medley final at the Singapore Sports School.

He clocked 2min 00.68sec to beat Australia’s Kenneth To (2:02.51) into the runners-up spot.

And rounding off Team SA’s medal-grabbing act was young Dylan Bosch who took third and bronze in 2:02.59.

Le Clos told the FINA website: ÔÇ£The experience in Singapore has been fantastic. We have to deal with the media and we must compete with the best in the world. This is precious for our preparation for London 2012,ÔÇØ explained the South African swimmer.

At 18, Le Clos was already an athlete with a solid international reputation before coming to Singapore: in 2009, he was at the FINA World Championships in Rome (ITA), finishing the 400m IM in 16th and concluding the 200m butterfly in 17th.

Some months later, at the FINA Swimming World Cup series (in a  25m-pool), Le Clos earned a total of nine medals (three of each colour), mainly in the medley events.

He is not obsessed in becoming the hero of the swimming competition in Singapore. ÔÇ£I am a bit nervous these last days, but I try to stay focused and relaxed, preparing for each eventÔÇØ.

In the morning, he had failed one of his goals, the final of the 200m free, when he finished the heats in ninth. ÔÇ£For the medley, which is my pet event, I tried to be strong in the butterfly leg and then conclude also in a powerful way in the freestyle legÔÇØ, he considered.
In fact, during the race, he was first after the butterfly and backstroke sections, but after his weaker breaststroke leg, he touched third; he then recovered, and arrived first to take gold.

Also in the pool and Murray McDougall placed fifth in the 100m backstroke final, clocking 56.68sec. the women’s 4x100m medley team took sixth in their final, clocking 2:02.59.

Things didn’t go too well in the basketball and hockey events for Team SA, the men’s basketballers going down 5-33 to Spain and the women’s hockey side losing 7-0 to Argentina. Both were group matches.

And on the road, our sole representative in the men’s triathlon, Wian Sullwald, took eighth spot in 56min 26.68sec.