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Sunday, 31 July 2022 20:43

Chad le Clos equals Commonwealth Games medals record.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Chad le Clos claimed silver in the men's 200m butterfly at Birmingham 2022, to equal the record for most Commonwealth Games medals, on 18 along with Phillip Adams and Mick Gault.

The 30-year-old South African won 17 medals across three Commonwealth Games.

Any podium finish at the Sandwell Aquatic Centre would lift him level with shooters Gault and Adams, who jointly hold the all-time record of 18.

He reached the final 10 years to the day since he beat American great Michael Phelps at London 2012 to become Olympic champion.

Le Clos went out hard and held the lead going out of the final turn, but New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt, who on the Saturday won the 400m individual medley that Le Clos had won 12 years ago, stormed past at the end to touch in 1min 55.60sec. 

Le Clos was second in 1:55.89 and Englishman James Guy third in 1:56.77. 

Le Clos lifted his first 200m fly crown at the 2010 Games in Delhi, winning it in a 1:56.48 Games record, and he lowered the mark to 1:55.07 at Glasgow 2014 and then dropped it further to 1:54.00 at Gold Coast 2018. 

His mark survives for at least another four years. 

Le Clos has the 100m butterfly on Monday as well as the 4x100m medley and 4x200m freestyle relays to add to his haul. 

Other South Africans in individual finals on Sunday are Emma Chelius and Erin Gallagher in the 50m freestyle, Christian Sadie in the SB8 100m breaststroke, Rebecca Meder in the 100m backstroke, and Brenden Crawford in the 100m breaststroke.