Le Clos in the medals

Business Day - - SPORTS DAY - /TimesLIVE

Chad Le Clos picked up two medals on the first day of the World Cup meet­ing in Tokyo on Tues­day, writes David Isaacson.

Le Clos won the 50m but­ter­fly in 22.49sec as he saw off his near­est ri­vals‚ Pavel Sankovich of Be­larus and An­drii Govorov of Ukraine.

Then he had to play sec­ond fid­dle to Rus­sian freestyle sprint king Vladimir Moro­zov in the 100m freestyle.

Moro­zov touched in 45.65‚ com­fort­ably ahead of the South African in 46.09. This fol­lowed a suc­cess­ful World Cup event in Bei­jing at the week­end where Le Clos won three gold medals.

He dom­i­nated the 200m freestyle in 1:41.81 and the 100m but­ter­fly, touch­ing the wall in 49.18, and scooped the 50m but­ter­fly in 22.22.

Le Clos is more than 100 points ahead of Moro­zov in the male rank­ings for the World Cup se­ries‚ which wraps up in Sin­ga­pore at the week­end.

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