Chad Le Clos defeats Dinko Jukic in Men’s 200m butterfly: Day one – FINA Swimming World Cup

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Chad Le Clos defeats Dinko Jukic in Men’s 200m butterfly: Day one – FINA Swimming World Cup
Two-time Commonwealth gold medallist and Youth Olympic Champion, Chad Le Clos demonstrated a scintillating swim by defeating Austrian champion, Dinko Jukic in Men’s 200m butterfly on the primary day of the 2011 Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA)
Swimming World Cup series. The FINA/ARENA World Cup is a short course meet, whose first session concluded on Friday, October 7, in Dubai.
Clos, who already snatched gold medal of 400m Individual Medley (IM) from Jukic, devastated him in another quest of the Men’s 200m butterfly title. The South African, who entered final round by occupying third position in the preliminary rounds, showed his
eagerness for gold medal of the event.
He was 0.65 seconds ahead of his rival in the first 50m of the race, while Jukic came nearer to his competitor in the second round of the swim and the two of them initiated a neck-to-neck battle with each other. The third round went unexpectedly tough as
Jukic gained a lead of 0.24 seconds over Le Clos, but the 19-year-old went berserk in the last 50m of his swim.
With his outstanding efforts in the distant butterfly event, Le Clos passed through his competitor, leaving him 0.62 seconds behind and posting a time of 1 minute and 52.55 seconds for the gold crown. He was 3.44 seconds slower than the world record holder,
who clocked 1 minute and 49.11 seconds in 2009.
Subsequently, the 22-year-old Jukic secured his silver finish on the podium as he reported on the finishing wall in a time of 1 minute and 53.17 seconds. Andrey Tambovskiy of Russia, who confirmed his second qualification spot in the final, appeared on the
finishing wall for third position. With his spirited efforts, he remained 4.44 seconds slower than his preceding swimmer and claimed the bronze medal with a timing of 1 minute and 57.61 seconds.
Le Clos was overjoyed with his second gold medal of the championship, while the battle among these top rated swimmers will continue for one more day to conclude all swimming events.



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