Record vic­to­ries for SA

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - NABEE­LAH SHAIKH

SOUTH African golden boy Chad le Clos re­ceived an early birth­day gift when he made his­tory yes­ter­day by win­ning the same swim­ming event in the third con­sec­u­tive Com­mon­wealth Games.

Swim­ming in lane six, Le Clos clocked a record time of 1:54 in the 200m but­ter­fly race.

It was his sec­ond gold at the games, held on Aus­tralia’s Gold Coast, af­ter a vic­tory in the men’s 50m but­ter­fly on Fri­day.

As usual, Chad’s fa­ther, Bert, was ec­static.

Chad cel­e­brates his 26th birth­day on Thurs­day and Bert said his vic­to­ries called for a “big bash”.

“My wife and I are both in Aus­tralia to sup­port Chad and we are just over the moon.

“We are go­ing to throw him a huge party here next week and an even big­ger one when we are back in South Africa,” said Bert.

He said he hardly got to speak to Chad, but when he did, Chad would men­tion how tired he was.

“He has made his­tory and it makes us so proud,” said Bert.

He said the at­mos­phere in Aus­tralia was amaz­ing and there was over­whelm­ing sup­port for his son.

Tat­jana Schoen­maker, 20, from Pre­to­ria, also won gold in a new African record in the women’s 200m breast­stroke at the games yes­ter­day. She be­came the first South African woman in eight years to earn a medal in the swim­ming pool at the event. Her gold medal brought South Africa’s medal tally to seven. – Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by African News Agency (ANA)

Chad le Clos

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