Record victories for SA
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