Cape Times

Chad adds to his Commonweal­th list

- Ockert de Villiers

JOHANNESBU­RG: Chad le Clos added the 200m butterfly and 100m freestyle to the list of events he has qualified for the Commonweal­th Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April next year.

The Olympic gold medallist already met the qualifying mark in the 200m freestyle at the KwaZuluNat­al Aquatics Premier Championsh­ips at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre on Sunday to secure his place in his third Commonweal­th Games.

He raced to victory in the 200m butterfly final in a modest one minute, 58.01 seconds with Eben Vorster following behind him in a time of 1:59.88 to also add his name to the list of qualifiers yesterday.

Le Clos brought the night to a close winning the 100m freestyle where he was the only swimmer to dip below 50 seconds in the blue-riband event.

He dragged both Calvyn Justus and London 2012 Olympian Leith Shankland below the qualifying mark of 50.64secs, winning in a time of 49.74s.

Justus, who has already set a qualifying time in the 100m backstroke on Saturday followed in second place with a time of 50.35. Shankland dipped below the qualifying mark twice yesterday, first during the morning session, before touching third in the evening’s final with a time of 50.51.

Podium finishers, spearheade­d by World Student Games silver medallist Tatjana Schoenmake­r, Kaylene Corbett and Emily Visagie each met the qualifying mark in the women’s 200m breaststro­ke.

Schoenmake­r dipped below the qualifying mark by nearly five seconds touching the wall first in a time of 2:26.46.

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