Chad le Clos warmed up the pool at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Eindhoven. Photo: Darren England/EPA

JOHANNESBURG – South African swimming sensation Chad le Clos warmed up the pool at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Eindhoven bagging two gold medals on the first two days. 

Le Clos was on fire at the third leg of the annual series bagging the 100m and 200m butterfly gold medals over the first two days. 

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Brad Tandy also added to South Africa’s tally at the gala finishing second in the 50m freestyle on Friday evening.

The London 2012 Olympic champion made up for a slow start in the series which was held in the 50-metre pool. 

Le Clos was in dominant form in his pet butterfly events on Friday and Saturday evening. 

He was in a class of his own in the 100m butterfly touching first in a time of 49.56 with Brazil’s Nicholas Santos finishing second in a time of 50.22.

France’s Mehdy Metella (50.31) rounded off the podium in third place. 

On the second night of the gala Le Clos claimed the title in his pet 200m butterfly event in a time of 1:51.09.

He was followed by Japan’s Yuya Yajima, who led the race over the first 150 metres of the race before Le Clos pulled ahead.

Yajima finished second in a time of 1:51.87 with Joeri Verlinden of the Netherlands bagging the bronze in 1:53.88.

Tandy made a solid start to his World Cup campaign winning the silver medal in the 50m freestyle. 

He stopped the clock at 21.19 finishing second behind a flying Russian Vladimir Morozov, who won the race in 20.69. Blake Pieroni of the United States finished third in 21.34. 


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