Chad le Clos claims fifth medal with 100m butterfly gold

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World, Olympic and Commonwealth Champion Chad le Clos, held off a strong field in the final of the 100m butterfly to claim a second gold medal of the 20th Commonwealth Games at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Butterfly gold

The South African superstar edged closer to an unprecedented seven medals in one Games when he followed up his 200m butterfly gold with the 100m title in the same discipline, underlining his credentials as truly global attraction in the pool.

The 22-year old from Durban, was in third at the turn, 0.26s behind the leader, but he moved up a gear in the final lap to win the race in a time of 51.29, a new Commonwealth Games record.

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Joseph Schooling from Singapore came home in second to give his country a first Commonwealth medal in the pool, while England's Adam Barrett completed the podium places with bronze.

Five medals

His winning time was just outside his long course personal best of 51.06 seconds which he set in Barcelona last year, however more importantly the win gave him a fifth medal of the Games, with two more up for grabs tomorrow in the the 200m individual medley and the 4x100m medley relay.

Le Clos claiming the World Record in Singapore

Le Clos has already won gold in both the 100m and 200m butterfly, silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay and two bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay and 50m butterfly.

Major championship golds

The butterfly world record holder who famously beat swimming legend Michel Phelps to gold in the 2012 London Olympics, now has 15-major swimming championship gold medals, which includes five Commonwealth, four World Championship and one Olympic in incredible achievement at just 22-years of age.

Le Clos concludes his phenomenal Commonwealth effort tomorrow when he goes for glory in the 200m individual medley and the 4x100m medley relay.

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