Chad le Clos storms to Commonwealth gold

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Swimming superstar, Chad le Clos, lit up the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, when he retained his 200m butterfly title, with gold in the Commonwealth Games.

Le Clos, with a long course personal best of 1:52.96, eased to victory in a Commonwealth record of 1min 55:07sec, ahead of Australia's Grant Irvine while South Africa's Sebastien Rousseau clinched the bronze.

7 Medals

The South African is now a Commonwealth, World and Olympic Champion at the 200m butterfly already at just 22-years of age, and is attempting an unprecedented seven-medals in the 20th edition of the Queen's Games.

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After the ceremony the swimmer handed over his medal to his parents in a gesture that underlines the quality of the man away from the sport, and speaking to the media after the race it was clear to see he had everything very much under control.

"It all went to plan. I said to Graham it would probably take a 1min 55sec to win, but it wasn't about time it was about finishing first.

"I was just trying to take it comfortable until the 150 mark. I knew I could hit it hard on the last turn as I normally do."

Coming into the final he had already begun his quest with silver and bronze in the 50m butterfly and 4x100m freestyle relay alongside, Roland Schoeman, Leith Shankland and Clayton Muller, and still has the opportunity of adding a further four-medals in the 100m butterfly, the 200m individual medley, the 4x200m relay and finally the 4x100m medley relay.

Injury concern

There was a concern that the swimming sensation's Games could have come to an early finish after he twisted his ankle late yesterday evening getting off the team bus, however it appeared the injury didn't hamper his performance in the pool.

"Last night I slipped off the bus, so I was a bit worried, my ankle was a bit swollen.

"It wasn't too bad, so I just iced it. This morning it was quite bad in the heats so I was a bit worried, but we had 10 hours to strap it up and needle it a little bit so thanks to the physios."

Le Clos setting the short course world record

Preparations hampered

By his own admission, his preparations leading up to the Glasgow Games have not been ideal after suffering from illness, forcing him to rethink his schedule and eventually deciding to pull out of defending his 400m individual medley.

"I didn't have such great preparation coming into this and so far I've still done two personal bests in the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle which were both really good times for me.

"I have the 200IM when I'll be up against Thomas Fraser-Holmes who won the 100m free, so I don't want to say I can win but I might."

The newly crowned Commonwealth Champion is back in the pool tomorrow in the heats and semi-finals of the 100m butterfly, with a shot at a fourth medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay in the final event of the evening.

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