Chad le Clos begins Commonwealth quest with silver and bronze

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Chad le Clos began his quest to become the most decorated swimmer at any Commonwealth Games, when he claimed silver and bronze in Glasgow on Friday night.

Le Clos, a Commonwealth, World and Olympic Champion already at just 22-years of age, is gunning for an unprecedented seven-medals in the 20th edition of the Queen's Games, and last night the South African sensation got his quest underway with bronze in the 50m butterfly, and then followed that up with silver in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay alongside, Roland Schoeman, Leith Shankland and Clayton Muller.


The 22-year old's preparations have been hampered somewhat coming into the Games due to illness, forcing him to pull out of both the 400m individual medley, an event he won in the Delhi Games in 2010, and the 200m backstroke.

However he will still have the opportunity of adding a further five-medals in the 100m and 200m butterfly, the 200m individual medley, the 4x200m relay and finally the 4x100m medley relay, in what looks an exhausting schedule.


Last night in the 50m butterfly, Le Clos was edged by England's Ben Proud and compatriot Roland Schoeman, himself a World, Olympic and Commonwealth Champion.

Proud stunned the fancied South African duo in a new Games record of 22.93 seconds, beating the previous mark of 23.14 set by Schoeman in the 2006 Melbourne Games.

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Le Clos, who set a personal best in the discipline during the earlier rounds, registered a time of 23.36 seconds, a fair bit quicker than his best time 23.76 seconds coming into the Games, and despite not opening his campaign with gold, he was delighted with a podium finish.

"If you had asked me in Johannesburg a week ago I would have been ecstatic to get bronze," Le Clos told Sapa.

"Today I had a vision of becoming the first person ever to do the triple," the swimmer referring to the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly.

"I still have the ambition to become the most decorated swimmer at any
Commonwealth Games. This bronze kicks that off towards the planned seven

Le Clos setting the world record


Le Clos completed a successful night in the pool by claiming silver in his first team event, the 4x100m freestyle relay. Despite leading at the halfway stage it was Australia that stormed to gold in a new Games record of 3:13.44.


Day three in the pool sees the Durban born star take part in the heats of the 200m butterfly, his strongest event and the one he famously beat the legendary Michael Phelps in by 0.05 seconds to claim Olympic gold in London 2012.

If all goes according to plan, Clos will be defending his Commonwealth title in the discipline, with the final taking place around 19:07pm.

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