Chad Le Clos has become South Africa’s most decorated Olympian. Le Clos finished second in the men’s 100 metre butterfly in Rio De Janeiro at the Olympic Games to take his overall tally to four. The Durbanite won a gold and silver in London four years ago, and had also taken silver in the 200 metre freestyle earlier at Rio 2016.
The 24-year-old entered the 100 metre butterfly with a clear mission in mind but trailed Singpore’s Joseph Schooling from the onset. The Singaporean was faster than every one else and it would stay that way until the finish but it was up to Le Clos to finish on the podium. Could he do so with the likes of Michael Phelps and Laszlo Cseh in the pool? He certainly could.
Incredibly all three men touched in 51.14 seconds to take a silver medal. Schooling set an Olympic record of 50.39 seconds. But from a South African point of view, it was all about the Durbanite. He is now the athlete who has won more Olympic medals than any of his compatriots.
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