South Africa’s Chad wins six golds at Swimming World Cup

October 9th, 2011 - 2:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Oct 9 (IANS) South Africa’s Chad le Clos became the star of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup by bagging six gold medals.

Le Clos, 19, raced in six events in the two-day competition, winning three golds in 400m individual medley, 200m butterfly, 100m individual medley Friday and adding another three in 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley and 200m backstroke Saturday, Xinhua reported.

In his first event of the Saturday finals, Le Clos got the top spot in 50.66 seconds, ahead of Russia’s world-record holder Evgeny Korotyshkin (51.14) and Kenya’s Jason Dunford (51.70).

After lagging behind a bit at the start, the South African gave one glance to his left on the final lap to come up with one last surge.

“I didn’t expect to win six golds,” he said. “There were some tough competitors such as Jason Dunford and Evgeny… Thankfully I stayed with the guys and I am really proud of that.”

Le Clos will next take part in the Stockholm leg of the World Cup October 15-16.

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