No record, but Chad's happy

No record, but Chad's happy
South African swimmer Le Clos Chad at the Fina/Mastbank Swimming World Cup.

SINGAPORE - He failed in his second bid for a world record, but Chad le Clos is not complaining.

The South African ace won the 100m butterfly at the Fina/Mastbank Swimming World Cup at the Sports Hub's OCBC Aquatic Centre in 48.74 seconds, but was some way off the short-course world-record of 48.48sec he had been eyeing.

On Saturday, he also came within a whisker of lowering his own world record in the 200m butterfly, winning the race in 1:48.88 but missing the mark by 0.32.

Despite his two misses, the Olympic champion still finished on a high.

With last night's 100m fly victory, the 22-year-old made it a perfect 27 wins out of 27 in the World Cup series this year.

He is the first man to win all his races in each leg of the seven-stop series.

Asked which was more important to him - this season's golden haul or breaking the 100m fly short-course record held by Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin - le Clos said: "The 27 golds, definitely. Because, I know that the world record will come. And it's just a personal best.

"To get 27 wins, no silvers, no bronzes...

"No one's done that. I made history, and I'm really happy with that."

Confident

Le Clos is confident that he would be setting new world marks at the World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Doha, Qatar, next month.

"The world record will come at the end of the year, hopefully," he said.

"I want to try get close to all three world records, the 50m, the 100m and 200m butterfly.

"Winning three gold medals (a clean sweep in the butterfly event) has never been done before... so I'm trying to make history again."

Le Clos had another reason to celebrate. He finished the season at the top of the men's overall standings with 474 points, ahead of Hungary's Daniel Gyurta, who had 344 points, and American Tom Shields, who had 225 points.

Hungary's Katinka Hosszu, meanwhile, finished as the top women's swimmer for a third year in a row.

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