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Another silver for Le Clos

Chad le Clos powered his way to consecutive silver medals in the 400-metre Individual Medley at Thursday’s Mare Nostrum swimming competition in Barcelona, Spain.

The 18-year-old athlete, who won the same event in 2009, clocked 4min 20.23sec for the eight-length haul to secure his second medal of the meeting. On Wednesday he took bronze in the 200m butterfly final.

As they left the blocks, there were only two swimmers in it, Thiago Parreira (Brazil) and Le Clos, but Parreira was clearly in a class of his own and progressively pulled ahead of the South African. Le Clos is a fighter though and although with 100m to go he was almost seven seconds behind Parreira, he started to close the gap.

At 50m from the wall the lead had shrunk to five seconds and when Le Clos touched in second place he had reduced the deficit to just under four seconds. Parreira won in a time of 4:16.85.

Earlier Cameron van der Burgh took bronze in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 28.30sec. This meant that South African won four bronze medals at the meeting. Olympic and World Championship 100m breaststroke swimmer Kosuke Kitajima (a training partner of Van der Burgh) was rampant, going under 28 second for the win, touching the wall in 27.96sec ahead of Dragos Agache of Romania (28.01).

The meeting in Barcelona is now a thing of the past and the contingent now moves to Canet for the final leg of the Mare Nostrum from 12-13 June and then off to Sette Colli in Italy from 17-19 June before the 21 swimmers move to Koper in Slovenia for a training camp from 21 June to 2 July.