Chad le Clos wins second medal - a silver this time
South Africa now has 4 medals in the Olympics so far
Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos won his second medal at the London Olympic Games when he finished second in the 100m butterfly on Friday night.
“I’m pleased with the silver medal. I never expected that,” Le Clos said.
“After the 200m gold everything came into place and I just felt I had a lot of confidence. Obviously I wanted to win the race, but I am not disappointed at all. I am happy.”
The race was almost a repeat of Tuesday’s 200m butterfly final when Le Clos beat 17-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps to the wall.
Phelps, who made a mistake in the 200m butterfly final by gliding to the wall, managed not to repeat it and won the race with a time of 51.21.
Le Clos finished joint second with Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin in a time of 51.44.
His silver medal swim signalled South Africa’s most successful Games in the pool since the country’s re-admittance to the Olympics in 1992.
Meanwhile, Roland Schoeman, competing in his fourth Olympic Games, finished sixth in the men’s 50m freestyle in a time of 21.80.
- At the Olympic Stadium, Khotso Mokoena, who was South Africa’s only medallist at the last Olympic Games in Beijing four years ago, qualified for the men’s long jump final with a leap of 8.02 metres. His was the fifth-best jump.
In sailing, the men’s 470 pair of Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim improved considerably in their second race of the day, to finish in 20th place, after finishing last earlier in the day. Their fourth race overall saw them improve their overall standing by one place, moving off the bottom of the table.
South Africa had a disappointing morning on the seventh day of competition at the Games on Friday.
The South African team got off to a poor start on the athletics track after their countrymen had shone in the pool earlier in the week.
One-lap hurdlers LJ van Zyl and Cornel Fredericks were both knocked out in the first round of the men’s 400 metres hurdles.
Van Zyl, the 2011 World Championships bronze medallist, who struggled with a knee injury this season, faded in the finishing straight to cross the line sixth in his heat, in 50.31 seconds.
Fredericks, fifth at last year’s global championships, looked flat from the start and trailed home in eighth pace in his heat in 52.29.
Meanwhile, in the pool earlier Friday, SA swimmers also flopped in their races. Trudi Maree, Heerden Herman and the men’s 4x100 medley relay team were dumped out in the first round of their respective events. Maree finished eighth in her 50m freestyle heat in 25.78 seconds and failed in her attempt to qualify for the semi-finals. Herman was sixth in his 1 500m freestyle heat in 15 minutes, 25.71 seconds (15:25.71) and was unable to qualify for the final.
The relay quartet — consisting of individual gold medallists Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos, as well as Charl Crous and Leith Shankland — finished seventh in their heat in 3:35.23, missing out on a place in the final.