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Chad le Clos surpasses Ian Thorpe's Commonwealth record

Le Clos finishes with seven medals (©GettyImages)
Le Clos finishes with seven medals (©GettyImages).

Chad le Clos brought the curtain down on a spectacular swimming meeting at the 20th Commonwealth Games when he made history by clinching two medals on the final day to take his haul to a record seven in a single Games at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Record equaling haul

The 22-year old global superstar added two bronze medals in the 200m individual medley and 4x100m medley relay respectively, to equal the previous best of seven medals set by Australian legend Ian Thorpe at the 2002 Manchester Games, although he did eclipse the Australian great with an overall tally of 12 Commonwealth medals to Thorpe's 11.

Coming into the final day of competition, Le Clos had 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.

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Tension

His first effort in the 200m individual medley would have had the South African nation on the edge of their seats for the duration of the race, as the World, Olympic and Commonwealth Champion took a commanding lead after the first butterfly leg, turning in 24.25sec, 0.64 seconds ahead of world record, however the weaker of his two stokes, the breaststroke and backstroke allowed him to be overhauled by eventual winner from Australia, Daniel Tranter and Scotland's Daniel Wallace who claimed silver.

Chad le Clos, behind the scenes

In the final event of the evening, the 4x100m medley relay, by the time Le Clos took to the water for the butterfly leg, the South African's had too much work to do for gold, although they managed to consolidate their bronze medal with a strong finish behind England and Australia.

Incredible effort

It has been a phenomenal Commonwealth effort by the butterfly world record holder, who famously beat swimming legend Michel Phelps to gold in the 2012 London Olympics.

He now has 12 Commonwealth medals, five World Championship and two Olympic medals, an incredible achievement at just 22-years of age.

Overall in the pool a staggering 41 records were set, two of them world records, and for Le Clos personally, he set Commonwealth records in both the 100m and 200m butterfly in a superhuman effort over the five days of competition.

 

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