Chad le Clos stamped his mark on the open leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in emphatic style on Friday evening.
Competing in Dubai, the Durban-based Le Clos swam his way to three shining gold medals.
He began the evening finals with a gold medal in the 400-metre individual medley, over a second ahead of the competition with a time of 4:04.58. Austria’s Dinko Jukic claimed the silver in 4:05.65 and the bronze went to Germany’s Marco Koch in 4:12.27.
There was no stopping Le Clos as he scooped his second gold medal in the 200m butterfly with a fast time of 1:52.55, while Dinko Jukic had to again settle for the silver in 1:53.17. Andrey Tambovskiy from Russia came in third with a time of 1:57.61.
But the 19-year-old product of Westville Boys High wasn’t done yet and went on to make it three out of three, ending his night’s activities with yet another gold in the 100m individual medley with Dinko Jukic hot in pursuit in second, once again.
Le Clos clocked 53.48 to Jukic’s 53.51. The bronze medal went to Japan’s Yuma Kosaka in 53.66.
The final day of the Dubai leg will take place tomorrow, which will be followed by events in Stockholm on 15-16 October, Moscow (18-19 October), Berlin (22-23 October), Singapore (4-5 November), Beijing (8-9 November) with the final leg taking place in Tokyo (12-13 November).