It was six of the best for South Africa’s golden boy Chad le Clos in Dubai on Saturday night as he won another three gold medals in the first leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup.
Le Clos had won three golds on Friday night and he was at it again from the outset on Saturday.
In his first event of the evening finals, Le Clos’ phenomenal time of 50.66sec in the 100-metre butterfly guaranteed him top spot on the medal podium ahead of Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin (51.14) and Kenya’s Jason Dunford (51.70).
The battle between Le Clos and Austria’s Dinko Jukic continued on Saturday in the 200m individual medley with the South African edging him out again with a time of 1:55.14 to the Austrian’s time of 1:56.10.
The bronze medal went to Japan’s Yuma Kosaka in 1:56.93.
In the more unfamiliar 200m backstroke, the Durbanite again did not disappoint by winning the race by over two seconds. His time of 1:55.95 won him gold ahead of Brazil’s Junior Silva (1:58.37) and Sweden’s Kristian Kron (1:58.41).
Le Clos will next head off for the Stockholm leg of the Series next weekend and he’ll be joined by team-mate Jessica Pengelly for the Singapore leg on 4-5 November.