Chad Le Clos of South Africa on his way winning in the men's 200m Butterfly Final during the 13th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships at WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 06 December 2016.
JOHANNESBURG – South African swimmer Chad le Clos came close to breaking his own world record as he took gold in the men’s 200m butterfly at the World Swimming Championships in Ontario, Canada on Tuesday.
After successes in 2010 (1:51.56) and 2014 (1:48.61), Le Clos got his third victory in this competition in the 200m fly, this time touching for gold in 1:48.76.
“I’ve been wanting to win a race for the whole year, so I’ll take this short-course title and work towards next year,” said Le Clos.
“It was a difficult year for me, in and outside the pool. I won’t make excuses about it, I’ll just come back stronger.”
The South African great holds the world record in the distance -- 1:48.56 -- and was one of the stars of the 2014 edition in Doha, with four golds, in the 200m free, 50m, 100m and 200m fly.
Also owner of four Olympic medals – including the memorable 200m fly title in London 2012 – Le Clos had to use all his energy to overcome the fierce opposition of Tom Shields (USA, 1:49.50) and Daiya Seto (JPN, 1:49.97).
Russia’s Aleksandr Kharlanov, who held the top seed and was in contention for the first 150 metres, ended up fourth in 1:51.41.
Brazil’s Leonardo De Deus finished fifth in 1:52.65, just edging Hungary’s Viktor Bromer (1:52.68).