The 2012 London Olympics are still in full swing. 20 year old South African swimmer Chad Le Clos (who hails from Durban in Kwazulu Natal) competed in the 200m Butterfly final for his country last night.
Le Clos won the gold medal in the event. He beat Michael Phelps from the United States (who is probably the most successful swimmer in Olympic history). Le Clos came back from third place after 150 metres to touch the pool wall just five hundredths of a second before Phelps. He finished the race in a time of 1:52.96 seconds. He broke the South African and African records with his performance as well.
One South African Twitter user voiced his opinion about this last night, tweeting “Dear Michael Phelps, Le Clos but no cigar…”
It’s the 2nd gold medal for South Africa at the 2012 London Olympics. On Sunday night Pretoria native Cameron van der Burgh won the first gold for South Africa in the 100m breaststroke final. Thanks to these efforts, South Africa are now 10th on the medal standings list (behind Russia and Germany) at London 2012. This is already an improvement on the country’s performance in Beijing four years ago. South Africa only won one gold medal at that Olympic Games.
Michael Phelps did get his 15th Olympic gold medal though. His team from the United States won the 4 x 200m freestyle relay final. The South African boys could only manage to finish in 7th place in this race.
China is still on the top of the medal standings list with 23 medals (of which 13 are gold medals) and the United States are second on the list with 22 medals (of which 8 are gold medals).
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