2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
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South African Chad Le Clos has apparently pulled out of the men’s 400 medley relay to focus on the men’s 100m butterfly final. The medley relay prelims are scheduled for tomorrow morning, while the 100 fly final is tomorrow night.
— Alain Tardin (@AlainTardin) August 11, 2016
This decision comes after Le Clos put everything into the 200 free final, swimming incredibly an risky race going out in 23.39 on the opening 50, and subsequently not having enough gas to even win a medal in his best event, the 200 fly the following night. Le Clos still won silver in the 200 free, but the 200 fly was the one he really wanted.
Le Clos was the 2015 World Champion in the 100 fly, but rival Michael Phelps posted a time later that same day at the U.S. National Championships that was faster. After coming up short in the 200, Le Clos doesn’t want to risk anything before this one.
The subtraction of Le Clos from the South African medley relay likely dumps any chances they had of making the final down the tubes. They had three solid legs in Christopher Reid, Cameron van der Burgh and Le Clos lined up which was going to give them a legitimate shot at a finals berth if their freestyler, either Douglas Erasmus or Brad Tandy, could put together a solid anchor.
Now they are definite long shots to final, with former Michigan Wolverine Dylan Bosch likely getting the call to swim fly in the prelims in Le Clos’ place. Bosch qualified to swim the 800 free relay, where the South Africans failed to final with Le Clos sitting out.