Team South Africa continues to fly the flag in FINA’s Swiming World Cup events.
After bagging 6 medals in the Eindhoven event last week, Roland Schoeman and Chad le Clos opened South Africa’s account with gold medals in Berlin, the German leg of the competition. South Africa’s veteran Schoeman got proceedings underway in fine style. The 33-year old, who claimed gold in the 50 metres breast stroke in the Eindhoven event last week, followed that up with another gold winning performance. With a time of 25, 65 seconds, Schoeman edged out Italy’s Fabio Scozolli.
Chad le Clos, the new superstar in world swimming, followed up on Schoeman’s triumph with yet another gold in his favourite event, the 200 meters butterfly. As is his habit, Le Clos started the race conservatively, but maintained his position with the leaders. Le Clos eventually charged to victory in a time of one minute, 49, 90 seconds.
Myles Brown became Team South Africa’s third medallist on the opening day of the competition. Brown claimed bronze in the men’s 400 meters Freestyle. The dynamic duo of Schoeman and le Clos ended the night in Berlin with another two pieces of silverware. In an exact replica of the event in Eindhoven, the pair claimed first and third places in the men’s 50 meter butterfly.