Chad Le Clos successfully qualified for the 100 metres butterfly final during the fifth day of the swimming programme at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan. Swimming a fast 51.11, Le Clos raced to the third overall place in the 100m butterfly semi-finals, behind USA’s Tom Shields and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh, who were the fastest with an equal time of 51.03. Le Clos says: ‘I am really happy with tonight’s swim, the time is close to my personal best and I am feeling a lot more confident now then I was this morning. It is going to be a very hard race tomorrow with Tom and Laszlo being the fastest qualifiers. It’s going to be a dog fight like it was in the 200m but this time it is only half the distance so there is no leaving it too late. I am just going to be out there with them, try turn with them and bring it home for South Africa. I am excited and hope that the country is excited as this is one of the most important races for me to win for the country. I will try my best to win the gold medal and no matter what happens, I will give 100%, so if I win, lose or draw, I will always fight to the end. I would also like to thank South Africa for the continued support.’
The final of the 100m butterfly will be held on Saturday.
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