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Chad Le Clos at The Brink of Clinching His Fourth Overall FINA World Cup Title


South African swimmer Chad Le Clos is few steps away from becoming the first men’s swimmer to win four overall World Cup titles.  He has already won two medals on an opening day in Tokyo, Japan.

The 25-year-old South African extended his lead to 129 points ahead of Russia’s Vladimir Morozov in the series by winning Gold in the 50m butterfly, and Silver in the 100m freestyle after finishing second on Tuesday.

He recorded 22.49 seconds to win the 50m. This was his 27th consecutive win in the 50m and 4 years undefeated in the short course series.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“I was nervous a bit for the 50 fly because it was the 27th consecutive win in that event at the World Cup, and no one’s done that before,”[/perfectpullquote]

Le Clos told the FINA website.

“In fact, it’s 30 races unbeaten with the world champs (included). It’s going to be close with Vladimir (Morozov) but hopefully, and I don’t really want to say it, something would have to go really wrong for me to lose the overall title.”

Le Clos last won the FINA World Cup in 2014 after collecting an overall 474 points-130 points ahead of Hungary’s Dániel Gyurta who finished second.

This year’s edition of the FINA/airwave Swimming World Cup will climax during the weekend in Singapore.



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