South African swimming sensation Chad le Clos and Ryan Coetzee gave South Africa a gold-bronze on the second day of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the men’s 50m butterfly final on Thursday.
Le Clos was slow out of the blocks in the sprint event but recovered well to hit the wall in a time of 23.37 seconds.
Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago touched in second place with 23.67 with Coetzee rounding off the podium clocking 23.73.
“I am very happy, it couldn’t have gone better, silver or gold but it all means the same to me right now, it is my first international medal and I mean doing it with Chad. It is definitely something I wasn’t expecting. I am very, very proud of it.", said Coetzee.
Coetzee couldn't believe that he bagged a medal.
“Before the heats, a medal wasn’t even in the aim, if I get into the final it would be fantastic and if I swim a 24 in the final that is my happy moment which would get my Games off to a good start for the 100m ‘fly.
“I went 23 in the morning and I went ‘oh, okay let’s see if I can get a top five.”