Tokyo 2020, Africa Day 4: Chad le Clos Misses Olympic 200 Fly Podium Again


Day 4 Finals Recap

South African Chad le Clos, the London 2012 Olympic 200 fly champion, placed outside of the event podium for the second Olympics in a row.

Just as he did in his semifinal le Clos took his race out fast, per his usual race strategy. However, with 50 meters to go, Italy’s Federico Burdisso had caught le Clos on his medal chase behind Hungarian Kristof Milak. During the final 50, Japanese teen Tomoru Honda boosted two places into medal contention as Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi accelerated on a fading le Clos.

At the touch, world record-holder Milak was crowned Olympic champion as Honda took silver on Japanese soil and Burdisso earned bronze for Italy. Finsihing in fourth place was Kenderesi, once again holding off le Clos in an Olympic final. In Rio 2016, Japanese Masato Sakai took silver while Kenderesi took bronze, his first Olympic finish ahead of le Clos.

Coming up for le Clos will be the 100 fly, where he has earned two consecutive Olympic silvers in the event finals from London 2012 and Rio 2016.


Continental & National Records On Day 4

  • Men’s 100 Free: Zimbabwe — Peter Wetzlar, 50.31


Nation Total Medals Gold Silver Bronze
Tunisia 1 1
South Africa 1

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1 year ago

at 29 I think we’re seeing the last of Le Clos unfortunately, he had a great career but I only see it getting more difficult for him to get into and medal at international competitions

M d e
1 year ago

His race strategy has became a parody of itself.

Going out so ridiculously fast you can’t hope to hold on doesn’t make you tough. Just a dumb racer.

1 year ago

I have zero remorse. When you treat a 200 fly like it’s a 100 fly bad things happen.

1 year ago

Sing us a song, you’re the piano man

Mr Piano
Reply to  T S
1 year ago

F around and find out

Reply to  T S
1 year ago

Le Clos was close to not getting to the last wall. Hope there were lifeguards at the pool!

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Now do Schooling.

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