Le Clos breaks 100m fly world record

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Chad le Clos, re­bound­ing from what he con­sid­ered a dis­ap­point­ing Rio Olympics, won his sec­ond gold of the Short Course Swim­ming World Cham­pi­onships on Thurs­day with a world record-set­ting vic­tory in the 100m but­ter­fly. The South African's time of 48.08sec im­proved his own world record of 48.44, set at the pre­vi­ous edi­tion of the cham­pi­onships in Doha in 2014. Le Clos, de­nied a 200m fly Olym­pic re­peat in Rio, added an­other gold to the 200m fly ti­tle he cap­tured on Tues­day when the cham­pi­onships kicked off in Windsor, Canada.

Amer­i­can Tom Shields was sec­ond in 49.04 and Aus­tralian David Mor­gan claimed bronze in 49.31. Hun­gary's one-woman wreck­ing crew of Katinka Hosszu, a tre­ble gold medal­ist in Rio, picked up her fourth in­di­vid­ual gold of the cham­pi­onships in the 200m back­stroke. It was an­other con­vinc­ing win for the "Iron Lady," who was in con­trol from the 50m mark and steadily built her lead to win in 2:00.79 - more than a sec­ond in front of run­nerup Daryna Zev­ina of Ukraine (2:02.24). Aus­tralian Emily See­bohm took bronze in 2:02.65.

Hosszu, win­ner of the 200m but­ter­fly, 100m back and 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley ear­lier in the meet­ing, also topped the semi­fi­nal times in the 100m in­di­vid­ual med­ley. But she wasn't a factor as she capped her night with an eighth-place fin­ish in the 800m freestyle won by Amer­i­can Leah Smith. Smith, the 400m free bronze medal­ist in Rio, led all the way to head a US one-two in 8:10.17. Ash­ley Twichell was sec­ond in 8:11.95 and Aus­tralian Kiah Melver­ton was earned bronze in 8:16.51. The 800 free field was miss­ing reign­ing cham­pion and world record-holder Mireia Bel­monte of Spain, who pulled out of the event af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing show­ing in the 400m med­ley on Tues­day.

Koch snags sec­ond gold

Ger­many's Marco Koch fur­ther soothed the dis­ap­point­ment of Rio with a vic­tory in the 200m breast­stroke, adding a sec­ond gold to the 100m breast ti­tle he cap­tured on Wed­nes­day. Koch, the reign­ing long course world cham­pion who was rel­e­gated to sev­enth in the 200m breast at the Olympics, clocked a cham­pi­onship record of 2:01.21 for a com­fort­able win over Bri­tain's An­drew Wil­lis (2:02.71) with Rus­sia's Mikhail Dori­nov third in 2:03.09. Aus­tralian Brit­tany Elm­slie, a re­lay gold medal­list in Rio, snatched vic­tory in the women's 100m freestyle, earn­ing her first short course world ti­tle in 51.81.

Sil­ver went to 2012 double Olym­pic sprint gold medal­ist Ranomi Kro­mowid­jojo of the Nether­lands, who was sec­ond in 51.92, while Cana­dian teenager Penny Olek­siak, who shared 100m free gold with Amer­i­can Si­mone Manuel in Rio, took bronze in 52.01. The United States capped the night with a vic­tory in the mixed 4x50m med­ley re­lay. Michael Chad­wick, swim­ming the fi­nal freestyle leg, hit the wa­ter in sev­enth place but stormed home to com­plete the vic­tory in 1:37.22. The win gave breast­stro­ker Lilly King her third gold of the cham­pi­onships, af­ter an in­di­vid­ual tri­umph in the 50m breast and her swim on Amer­ica's world record-set­ting women's 4x50m med­ley re­lay. — AFP

WINDSOR: Chad Le Clos of South Africa com­petes in the 100m But­ter­fly fi­nal on day three of the 13th FINA World Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships (25m) at the WFCU Cen­tre on De­cem­ber 8, 2016 in Windsor On­tario, Canada. — AFP

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