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Tuesday, 24 August 2010 00:48

Le Clos Strikes First Gold AT Youth Olympics!

Chad le Clos scored again on Monday as South Africa took two more medals in the pool at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore, bringing the medal count to three. The Westville High School product won the 200m 16-08-2010-17-08-06_937264bindividual medley by nearly two full seconds in 2min 00.68sec to add a gold medal to the silver he claims in the 400m freestyle on Sunday.

In Monday's race he was leading after both the butterfly and backstroke legs, but after the breaststroke - his weakest leg - he was third. But he recovered to win easily.
SA teammate Dylan Bosch took bronze in 2:02.59.

"The experience in Singapore has been fantastic," Le Clos told the FINA website. "We have to deal with the media and we must compete with the best in the world. This is precious for our preparation for London 2012."
At 18, Le Clos was already an athlete with a solid international reputation before coming to Singapore: in 2009, he was at the FINA World Championships in Rome (ITA), finishing the 400m IM in 16th and concluding the 200m butterfly in 17th.

Some months later, at the FINA Swimming World Cup series (in a 25m-pool), Le Clos earned a total of nine medals (three of each colour), mainly in the medley events.
He is not obsessed in becoming the hero of the swimming competition in Singapore. "I am a bit nervous these last days, but I try to stay focused and relaxed, preparing for each event."

In the morning he had failed to progress beyond the heats of the 200m freestyle. "For the medley, which is my pet event, I tried to be strong in the butterfly leg and then conclude also in a powerful way in the freestyle leg."
In other events, Murray McDougall placed fifth in the 100m backstroke final, clocking 56.68sec, and the women's 4x100m medley team finished sixth in their final in 2:02.59.
Things didn't go too well for SA in the basketball and hockey group matches - the men's basketballers went down 5-33 to Spain and the women's hockey lost 0-7 to Argentina.
Wian Sullwald ended eighth in the triathlon in 56:26.68. 

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