Our Chad le Clos put in yet another spectacular performance with an additional three gold and one silver medal on the first day of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup Series Beijing leg on Tuesday.
Taking the lead from the start, there was no stopping young Le Clos in the 400-metre individual medley as he raced to the top of the medal podium with a fast time of 4min 07min 35sec. Markus Rogan managed a second place finish in 4:08.15 and China’s Jie Zhang came in third in 4:10.16.
The Durbanite’s second gold came three races later in the 200m butterfly when he clocked a phenomenal 1:51.74 to Christoper Wright’s 1:53.32 (Australia) and Weiwu Chen’s 1:53.58 (China).
Then in the 100m individual medley, Le Clos’ time of 52.89 secured him the title and his third gold medal of the first day finals. The silver medal was claimed by Kyle Richardson in 53.09 with the bronze going to China’s Xiaolei Sui in 53.31.
In one of the closest races of the evening, Le Clos was only 0.01sec from the gold medal when he touched the wall in a time of 47.39 in the 100m freestyle. With his time of 47.38, it was Australia’s Kyle Richardson who finished ahead of Le Clos to claim the top spot. China’s Haiqi Jiang took the bronze in 48.00.
Wednesday’s final day of the Beijing leg will see Le Clos in action in the 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley and the 200m butterfly races.
The final leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup will be held in Tokyo on 12-13 November at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center. The overall winners of the Series will receive $100,000, while the second place prize is $50,000 and the third place being $30,000.
It certainly seems as if Le Clos’ bank manager is going to be a very happy man come the end of the World Cup