A silver and bronze medal as well as a fourth spot came the way for 19-year-old Chad le Clos on the final day of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Berlin on Sunday.
In the 200-metre freestyle, Le Clos had to settle for the silver medal after Germany’s Paul Biedermann raced ahead of the pack to touch the wall in a time of 1min 42.42sec to Le Clos’ 1:43.64. Italy’s Filippo Magnini took home the bronze in 1:43.74.
In his second race of the evening finals, the KwaZulu-Natalian claimed his first bronze medal of the Series in the 100m butterfly, finishing with a time of 50.94 behind world record holder Evgeny Korotyshkin from Russia in 50.04 and USA’s Tyler McGill (50.47).
In a highly competitive 200m individual medley, Le Clos ended in fourth place with a time of 1:54.60 with the gold medal going to USA’s Michael Phelps, clocking 1:51.89.
A second South African in the shape of Jessica Pengelly will be joining Le Clos for the next leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup Series which will take place in Singapore (4-5 November), followed by Beijing (8-9 November) with the final leg being held in Tokyo (12-13 November).