Chad le Clos (RSA) scratched the 200m IM final this morning to focus on the 100m Butterfly. The 200 IM falls before the 100m Fly semi-final in tonight’s finals session.
Le Clos is the top seed into the semi’s of the 100 Fly. He clocked a 51.54 in prelims ahead of Michael Phelps‘ (USA) 51.72 and Evgeny Korotyshkin‘s (RUS) 51.84.
Le Clos was tied with James Goddard (GBR) at seventh for the 200 IM Final. Markus Deibler of Germany will fall in as the eighth finalist. This scratch really steps up the significance of the DQ of Austria’s Markus Rogan in the semi-finals on Wednesday evening, as he would have been 9th.
Le Clos was the winner of the 200m Butterfly earlier in the meet when he out touched Michael Phelps to win gold.