Chad le Clos qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in winning the males’s 200m butterfly on Day 2 of the SA Nationwide Aquatic Championships on Thursday at the Newton Park Swimming Pool in Gqeberha.
Chad le Clos, South Africa’s most decorated Olympian of all time, stopped the clock in a resounding 1: 55.88 with Ethan du Preez taking 2d set apart in 1: 56.44.
Each Le Clos, now 28, and Du Preez, peaceable handiest 17, dipped below the qualifying time for the Games to be held in July-August this 365 days.
Ross Hartigan completed the rostrum in a time of 2: 01.73.
Chad le Clos obtained the males’s 50m butterfly on Day 1 of the championships. The males’s 50m butterfly is no longer any longer an Olympic match.
Earlier, 17-365 days-obsolete Matt Sates obtained the males’s 100m freestyle in 49.29.
Matthew Bosch took 2d (50.65) with Douglas Erasmus in third (50.77).
Meanwhile, in the ladies’s 100m, Erin Gallagher narrowly edged out Aimee Canny by 0.02 taking the win in 54.89.
Emma Chelius finished third in 55.04.
The ladies’s 200m butterfly became obtained by Dune Coetzee in 2: 13.87, with Trinity Hearne in 2d (2: 16.64) and Leigh McMorran in third (2: 19.09).
Friday’s Day 3 heats will initiate at 09: 30 with the finals place to initiate at 18: 00.
The championships will attain on Monday, 12 April.
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