Sates and Le Clos strike gold in Toronto

After relinquishing his number one ranking on Saturday, Matthew Sates won the 400m individual medley on Sunday to stay in the hunt to finish top of the FINA World... Read more
Sates and Le Clos strike gold in Toronto

After relinquishing his number one ranking on Saturday, Matthew Sates won the 400m individual medley on Sunday to stay in the hunt to finish top of the FINA World Cup standings with the competition’s final leg set to get underway on Thursday, 3 November.

Sates started well on Friday, winning bronze in the men’s 100m medley with a time of 51.87, before winning gold in the men’s 400m freestyle with a time of 3:37.52. Le Clos’ also started with a bang on Friday, securing gold in the men’s 100m butterfly with a time of 48.88.

Sates’s Saturday was less prolific as the youngster was unable to gain a podium finish and ended up losing his first place standing in the FINA World Cup rankings after finishing fourth in the men’s 200m medley, but Le Clos kept climbing as he bagged silver in the men’s 200 metre butterfly event with a time of 1:49.78.

After struggling on Saturday, Sates was back amongst the medals on Sunday, winning gold in the men’s 400m medley with a time of 4:02.65, and again narrowly missing out on a podium finish after placing fourth in the men’s 200m freestyle. Le Clos also picked up a medal on Sunday, finishing second in the men’s 50m butterfly with a time of 22.45.

Following the completion of the Toronto leg, Sates sits third on FINA’s World Cup rankings with 111 points, and Le Clos is just one spot below in fourth with 110.2 points. Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago occupies first spot with 114.5 points, and Nic Fink of the US is in second, also on 114.5 points.

The third and final leg of the competition will get underway in Indianapolis on Thursday, and will finish on Saturday, 5 November.

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