Chad le Clos has bagged two gold medals at the Fina World Cup Series. Photo: Ju Huanzong/Xinhua

JOHANNESBURG – Chad le Clos made a promising start to the final and deciding cluster of the Fina World Cup Series, winning two gold medals on the opening night of the Beijing leg.

The South African swimming sensation is on the cusp of becoming the first male swimmer to win four overall World Cup titles.

He has won the first two clusters and will be looking to win the last one, consisting of three galas over the next 10 days.

Le Clos raced to victory in the 100m butterfly two seconds ahead of his nearest rival, posting a time of 49.18 seconds.

Belarussian Yauhen Tsurkin touched behind him in a time of 51.18 with China’s Jiayu Xu rounding off the top three with 51.52.

Le Clos again climbed onto the top step of the podium in the 200m freestyle event when he hit the wall in a time of 1:41.81.

He had Australian Cameron McEvoy as company just behind him after the first two turns, but Le Clos stretched his lead at the halfway mark.

Le Clos coasted through the second half, touching ahead of China’s Xinjie Ji with 1:42.49 and Matthew Stanley of New Zealand in 1:43.68 in second and third place respectively.


Saturday Star

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