PSG News & Views
Golden Autumn for Chad Le Clos and Shelly Woods
Chad Le Clos recently returned to Asia for the Hong Kong leg of the FINA World Series, where he successfully held his lead in the overall World Rankings.
On day 1 Chad powered through to win the first of his two events - the blue riband 100m freestyle, in a world-class time of 46.35 seconds. After a superb start, Chad was a full length ahead of his nearest rival at the first turn before he continued to dominate the race with a powerful finish. Later that night he returned to the pool for the 50m butterfly taking his second gold medal, in a time of 22.35.
On day 2 Chad tested the world record for a 48.56 victory in the 100m butterfly. He set a South African and Commonwealth Record in beating his previous best of 48.59, putting him second-fastest of all-time. Chad followed up with a second gold on the day in 21.17 over 50m freestyle. A personal best that highlights the ‘fly specialist’s focus on sharpening his sprint speed this season.
Meanwhile over in Berlin, Shelly Woods celebrated another landmark in her multi-garlanded career – she won Sunday’s BMW Berlin Marathon. Despite going into the race with a cold, she clocked a time of one hour, 47 minutes, 56 seconds to take the win. Shelly next goes on to the United States for one of her favourite events, the New York Marathon.