Blasts from the past: Le Clos a close second at 2016 Olympics
Today in SA sports history: August 8
2015 — Chad le Clos wins his second straight 100m butterfly world championship title in Budapest, adding to the crown he had lifted two years earlier in Barcelona. He beat Hungarian Laszlo Cseh to avenge his defeat in the 200m butterfly earlier in the week, clocking 50.56sec. Taking bronze was Joseph Schooling of Singapore, who would turn the tables on both the swimmers at the Rio Olympics a year later.
2016 — Chad le Clos has to settle for Olympic silver in the 200m freestyle at the Rio Games after he’s caught on the final lap by China’s Sun Yang. Swimming unsighted in lane one, the South African took a big early lead as he’d done in the semifinals, where he pretended to fade over the second half. But in the final the Asian favourite hunted him down to win in 1min 44.65sec. Le Clos’s 1:45.20 was an African record.
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