Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
11 Nov 2013
6:00 am

Le Clos bags five medals

Wesley Botton

Chad le Clos wrapped up his second Fina World Cup title, taking an unassailable lead in the overall series with five more medals in the penultimate leg in Tokyo at the weekend.


Le Clos extended his significant advantage over Russian Vladimir Morozov in his runaway campaign, securing a clean sweep in the butterfly events for the second leg in succession.

He bagged gold in the 50m (22.26 seconds) and 200m butterfly (1:50.33) finals on Saturday and secured another victory in the men’s 400m individual medley, turning in third place with 50m to go and storming through to win in 3:59.23.

He added another gold yesterday in the 100m butterfly in 49.01, and took silver in the 200m individual medley, touching the wall in 1:52.31, with Japan’s Kousuke Hagino breaking South African Darian Townsend’s four-year-old World Cup record by 0.05 seconds to win in 1:51.50.

Veteran sprinter Roland Schoeman stepped on the podium twice on the opening day, but was unable to add to his tally yesterday.

Schoeman won the 50m breaststroke in 26.12 and snatched bronze in the 50m butterfly, finishing two tenths of a second behind Le Clos in 22.46.

He took fourth place in the 50m freestyle, nearly a full second outside his own world record in 21.24.