GWANGJU – Chad le Clos claimed South Africa’s third medal of the Swimming World Championships on Saturday, taking bronze in the 100m butterfly to add to his 200m bronze.
The 27-year-old finished third in 51.16 seconds, behind America’s new world record holder Caeleb Dressel, who took gold by swimming the second fastest time in history (49.66), and Russian Andrei Minakov (50.83).
Le Clos managed to reach the wall just one tenth of a second ahead of Hungary’s 200m butterfly gold medallist and world record holder Kristof Milak.
“For me personally, I’m happy, not with my performances but because I medalled,” said Le Clos, who has been struggling with a groin hernia. “Considering the circumstances it’s been a great week. A few weeks ago I guess we didn’t know if we would swim or not so to come here and get the two bronzes is great.”
Later in the evening session, Zane Waddell booked a place in the final of the 50m backstroke. He finished third in his semifinal in 24.72 seconds.