Le Clos Scores 1:55.75 200 Fly, Sates Dips Under 49-Second Mark In 100 Free

2022 SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (RSA)

  • Wednesday, April 6th – Monday, April 11th
  • Newton Park Swimming Pool, Gqeberha, South Africa
  • LCM (50m)
  • World Championships/Commonwealth Games Qualifier
  • Psychs
  • Live results on Meet Mobile: “SA National Aquatic SNR-JNR Champ 2022-PE”
  • Livestream

The speedy times continued on day 3 of the 2022 South African National Championships, with the likes of Olympic champions Chad Le Clos and Tatjana Schoenmakeras well as NCAA champion Matt Sates.

As for Le Clos, the 29-year-old fired off a solid result of 1:55.75 to easily top the men’s 200m fly field. Opening in 54.60 and closing in 1:01.15, Le Clos registered his fastest time since the 2020 Olympic Games.

There in Tokyo, the 2012 200m fly Olympic champion earned a time of 1:54.93 to rank 5th in the final. Of note, his new training partner, Max Litchfield of Great Britain, was also in tonight’s 2fly race, hitting a mark of 1:57.66.

Entering this meet, 27-year-old Litchfield’s previous personal best rested at the 1:58.88 the former Loughborough man scored in March of 2017.

As for Schoenmaker, the reigning 200m breast world record holder grabbed gold in her signature event in a time of 2:24.01. She held off Kaylene Corbett, who was just over half a second behind in 2:24.66.

Schoenmaker opened strong in a front half of 1:08.13 to Corbett’s 1:09.80, before the pair converged with respective back halves of 1:15.88 and 1:14.86.

18-year-old Sates was another head-turner tonight, pulling his own personal best in the men’s 100m free.

Touching the wall in 48.97, versatile Sates easily overtook his own previous personal best he held entering this meet, a time of 49.29 from April of 2021.

Sates opened in 23.69 and closed in 25.28 to bump himself up on the list of all-time South Africa performs in the vent. His 48.97 now inserts the Georgia Bulldog on the rankings in slot #8.

Olympian Pieter Coetze notched an impressive mark of 24.74 to beat the men’s 50m back field by well over half a second. The 17-year-old logged a heats swim of 24.94, then dropped another .20 to lead the world rankings for 2022.

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The Original Tim
7 months ago

“Etnghinert.”

That has a nice ring to it, I’m gonna start slipping it into my texts and emails!

Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka
7 months ago

It turns out Schoenmaker and Corbett will not compete at world Championships to focus on CG.

Drewbrewsbeer
7 months ago

29? Man, I’m old….

tnp101
7 months ago

Etnghinert this meet, 27-year-old Litchfield’s previous personal best rested at the 1:58.88

What is “Etnghinert this meet”?

Prove reading before hitting send might be helpful. No need to be quick. Oops, it’s swimming after all. Fraction of seconds does count 😅

PVK
7 months ago

Etnghinert?

Dylan
7 months ago

What ever happened to ethan du preez?

Billabong
Reply to  Dylan
7 months ago

He got the Olympic tattoo…..end of story.

That Guy
7 months ago

6th bullet point should read “Very delayed results on Meet Mobile…”. Trying to follow finals results live has been a challenge to say the least!

bobthebuilderrocks
7 months ago

I thought the man was retiring from the 2 fly post Tokyo.

PFA
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
7 months ago

He’s doing the reverse Peaty

McKeown-Hodges-McKeon-Campbell
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
7 months ago

pellegrini 2.0

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