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Versfeld gets gold in Italy

Chad Le Clos won his second medal in as many as two days and Neil Versfeld claimed gold on the final day of the Sette Colli Trophy swimming competition in Pescara, Italy.

Le Clos, who had won gold in the 200m butterfly the previous night, had to settle for bronze this time round in the men’s 200m individual medley.

Going into the race, Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh had the fourth fastest time of the year and was race favourite. He duly lived up to that billing with his 1:59.14 ÔÇô the sixth fastest time of the year.

Despite his normal second half charge, Le Clos was not able to close down Vytautas Janusaitis who claimed silver in 2:01.67. Le Clos, who had been trailing Janusaitis by just under two seconds at the half way mark brought the deficit down to just over a second, but had to settle for the bronze in 2:02.85.

Neil Versfeld then put in a dominant performance in the men’s 200m breaststroke. Versfeld had a small edge at 50m over Hungary’s Akos Molnar (29.64sec — 29.88sec), but at the halfway mark, they touched together.

Versfeld then began to forge ahead. The 150m mark went by in 1:37.87 (Molnar 1:38.66) and he touched the wall first after four lengths of the pool with a time of 2:12.88.

Molnar was second (2:14.19), just ahead of Great Britain’s Michael Jamieson’s 2:14.25.

The Swim SA squad now moves into a training camp in Koper in Slovenia from 21 June to 2 July in preparation for the Youth Olympics in August and Commonwealth Games in October.