August 09.2016

Chad le Clos wins silver Rio 16

Chad le Clos gatecrashed the party of the world's men's elite freestyle sprinters when he raced his way to a memorable silver in the 200m final to earn South Africa's second Olympic medal of Rio 2016.

Adding the freestyle medal to the gold and silver he won in London 2012, Le Clos joined South Africa's most decorated Olympians which included Penny Heyns, Roland Schoeman, and Charles Winslow.

"A medal to me is like a gold medal in the 200m free, I always race to win, but silver is a great result" Le Clos said.

"It is a huge honour, it is a gold and two silvers now, tomorrow hopefully if we can get another gold that would be history."

Le Clos used the exact same tactics in the 200m freestyle semi-finals from Sunday where he covered the first lap under world-record pace.

But instead of slowing down and finishing lower down the field, Le Clos kept his foot on the pedal touching second in the final behind China's Sun Yang for the country's second silver in two days.

He touched the wall in a new continental record of 1:45.20 slashing 0.55s off Jean Basson's seven-year old record. He out-touched Connor Dwyer by 0.03s to relegate the American swimmer to third place.

"It was a crazy race, the tactic was definitely to go out hard, it is the first time I have gone out that hard in any race usually I come from behind," Le Clos said.
"But I felt that having the outside lane gave me the advantage, I just wanted to put it all on the line and have no regrets."

Le Clos attentions now turn to the 200 m Butterfly final, hoping for a repeat of London 2012 where he famously beat arch rival Michael Phelps in the final. The final takes place in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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