le Clos Ends Championships With a Win in the 100 butterfly


  • LC Meters selection meet for 2015 World Championships
  • Monday, April 13th – Saturday, April 18th
  • King’s  Park Centre, Durban
  • Live meet results available here.

Chad le Clos closed out the South African National Championships with a decisive win in the men’s 100 butterfly. le Clos took the first 50 meters out in a time of 24.87 and finished the second half of the race in a 27.16 to win the event in a time of 52.03, which does not break into the top 10 in the world. The time is a season’s best beating the 52.31 which he recorded in February.

Nico Meyer finished a distant second posting a time of 53.68 a full second ahead of George Du Rand who touched in a time of 54.88.

Women’s 400 IM

Rene Warnes won the women’s 400 IM in a time of 4:49.04. Warnes took the bronze in the 200 IM earlier in the competition tonight she took out the 200 IM gold medalist Kristy McLauchlin who touched in a time of 4:51.22.

Kate Beavon took the bronze in a time of 4:58.69.

Men’s 400 IM

Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Sebastien Rousseau took the men’s 400 IM in a time of 4:16.07. He was followed by 200 IM silver medalist Michael Meyer who posted a 4:16.07 and Jarryd Baxter who recorded a 4:26.92.

Men’s 50 freestyle

It was no surprise to see Roland Schoeman standing atop of the podium for the men’s 50 freestyle. Schoeman won the event in a time of 22.50, almost half a second clear of the field.

Douglas Erasmus took the silver in a time of 22.93 followed by Shaun Harris who hit the wall in a time of 22.96.

Women’s 100 freestyle

Erin Gallagher won the women’s 100 freestyle in a time of 56.46. Marlies Ross finished second in a time of 57.34 followed by Jessica Ashley-Cooper who posted a time of 57.96.

Men’s 200 breaststroke

Ayrton Sweeney dominated the men’s 200 breaststroke winning the event by almost six seconds. Sweeney hit the wall in a time of 2:11.64 followed by Jarred Crous who recorded a 2:17.50.

Francois Theron finished third in a time of 2:17.75.

Women’s 200 breaststroke

Tatjana Schoenmaker was the only woman to break the 2:30 barrier winning the women’s 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:29.23. 15 year old Kaylene Corbett finished second in a time of 2:31.31 followed by Kelly Gunnell who touched in a time of 2:32.27.

Women’s 50 butterfly

Vanessa Mohr took the women’s 50 butterfly in a time of 27.29 followed by Hanna McLean-Leonard who finished in a time of 28.40. Bailey Desmarais took the bronze in a time of 28.56.

Men’s 1500 freestyle

After collecting the silver in the 400 IM Matthew Meyer completed the extremely difficult double by winning the men’s 1500 freestyle in a close battle with Daniel Marais and Josh Dannhauser. Meyer won the event in a time of 15:35.82 followed by Marais (15:38.02) and Dannhauser (15:38.64).

Men’s 200 backstroke

Martin Binedell won the men’s 200 backstroke in a time of 2:00.79. He was followed by Ricky Ellis who posted a 2:01.71 and Darren Murray who recorded a 2:04.59.


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Justin Thompson
6 years ago

I still wonder how rested Le Clos was for this meet. I’ve heard he has been training hard, but the times he put up this past week weren’t anything special for a swimmer of his caliber. I think he went a 1:56 in the 200m fly, 1:47 in the 200m free and now a 52.0 in the 100m fly. After he tore through the SC season i was expecting a little more from him.

Reply to  Justin Thompson
6 years ago

Chad was quoted as saying that this was the worst National Championships that he has ever had. He needs to put right whatever is going wrong.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Very average meet for Michael Andrew this week. Even pretty bad.
24.29 in the 50 fly
1.03.05 in the 100 breast
56.11 in the 100 back
29.05 in the 100 breast
52.78 in the 100 free
26.04 in the 50 back
23.60 in the 50 free
55.49 in the 100 fly

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