Incredible Le Clos sweeps another six at Singapore World Cup
Tolentino, 6 November 2011 – South African Chad Le Clos (19) continued his remarkable World Cup run by sweeping all six of his events at the fifth leg of the series held on November 4th-5th in Singapore. The Arena Elite Team member won all three IM events (100m, 200m, 400m) in times of 53.06, 1:54.06 and 4:04.16 respectively, the 100m and 200m butterfly in 50.63 and 1:51.05 respectively, and the 200m freestyle in 1:43.80. His impressive form during the World Cup series has now returned the fastest 200m butterfly time of the season, the third fastest 200m freestyle, 100m fly, 200m IM and 400m IM, and the fifth-fastest 100m IM.
Having competed in all five meets so far, Le Clos has racked up an incredible 16 gold medals, six silvers, and a bronze, and has only twice finished outside the top three. (In both of these cases he finished fourth.) His performance in Singapore ensured maximum points for the meet and raised his tally to 111 points, 41 points clear of his closest rival. With only two meets left to compete, he is now firmly on course to take the overall series prize of $100,000.
Fellow Elite Team member Therese Alshammar also continued her impressive form with three gold medals and a silver. The 34-year-old Swede won both the 50m freestyle and butterfly dashes (in 23.98 and 25.01 respectively) as well as the 100m fly (in 56.03), and took second place in the 100m freestyle. She has now swum the season’s fastest 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, and 100m butterfly times while winning 11 gold medals and two silvers over four World Cup meets. Like Le Clos, Alshammar took maximum points from the meet to take her to 70 points, in joint leadership with the USA’s Missy Franklin.
Kenya’s Jason Dunford (24) also enjoyed success, winning the 50m butterfly in a time of 22.92. The Elite Team member also took bronze medals in the 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly, and narrowly missed out on a podium placing in 50m freestyle. His efforts in Singapore returned the season’s third-fastest 50m fly and sixth-fastest 100m fly times.
Other strong performances by women swimmers competing under the banner of their Arena-sponsored federations include South Africa’s Jessica Pengelly (gold 800m freestyle, bronze 400m IM); Sweden’s Martina Granstroem (bronze 200m fly); New Zealand’s Melissa Ingram (bronze 200m backstroke); and Maria Temnikova (bronze 200m breaststroke).
The series now moves on to the midweek meet of the Asian leg in Beijing (November 8th-9th), before wrapping up in Tokyo on November 12th-13th.