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Le Clos makes 100m butterfly semi-finals in Russia

By Mark Etheridge

Still hunting his first gold medal of the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Chad le Clos moved into the semi-finals of the 100-metre butterfly on Friday morning.
Swimming the final of eight heats, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist clocked 51.83sec to claim second spot behind American Joseph Schooling’s 51.65.
Out of the blocks in lane four, Le Clos was out of the top three at the turn but a solid second length saw him move up to second at the wall.
In the sixth heat it was Lazslo Cseh, the man who beat him to gold in the 200m butterfly earlier in the week, who posted the fastest time of the qualifiers with a 50.91sec victory.
And the seventh heat produced the second quickest swim of the day, courtesy of American Tom Shields’ 51.09 victory.
Le Clos’ 51.83 is the eighth fastest of the 16 qualifiers for Friday evening’s semi-finals.