It was Clos but no cigar for SA’s butterfly legend

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It was Clos but no cigar for SA’s butterfly legend

Chad le Clos will turn his attention to a fourth consecutive 200m butterfly crown at the Commonwealth Games next year

Sports reporter

This was the first major gala in 10 years at which Chad le Clos‚ with four Olympic gongs and seven world championships medals under his belt‚ failed to reach the podium.

The 29-year-old superstar‚ who finished fifth in the 200m butterfly final on Wednesday‚ touched sixth in his heat in 51.89 sec‚ ending 18th overall‚ two spots and 15-hundredths of a second outside the top 16 competitors who progressed to Friday’s semifinals.

Le Clos‚ who shared the 100m butterfly silver at both London 2012 and Rio 2016‚ is one of only three men to have won multiple Olympic medals in this event over the years‚ along with American legends Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz...

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