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Le Clos keeps medal promises

South African teen picks up six golds in as many races in the Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup

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Chad Le Clos of South Africa on his way to winning gold medal in themen’s 200m Individual Medley event at the Fina/Arena Swimming WorldCup 2011in Dubai on Saturday.
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Dubai: Chad Le Clos had made a promise of doubling his medals tally after picking up three golds on the opening day of the 2011 Fina/Arena Swimming World Cup.

Last night, the 19-year-old South African kept it in superb fashion, adding three more gold medals to his collection for an amazing six golds at the end of two days of swimming at the Hamdan Bin Mohammad Sports Complex here last night.

Le Clos left nothing to chance as he powered to his fourth gold medal ahead of Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin and Kenyan Jason Dunford in the men's 100m butterfly. After lagging behind a bit at the start, the South African teenager gave one glance to his left on the final lap to come up with one last surge and won by a whisker.

Sixth medal

His fifth was in the 200m individual medley in a time of 1:55.14 to consign his pursuer Dinko Jukic to a fourth straight silver medal while Japan's Yuma Kosaka followed in third.

Le Clos' sixth and final gold medal was in the penultimate race of the meet, the men's 200m backstroke, as he finished with a time of 1:55.95 leaving Nelson Silva Junior of Brazil in second and Sweden's Kristian Kron the bronze.

"It's been an amazing two days for me," Le Clos said.

After a disappointing bronze in the 100m butterfly, Jason Dunford took a third gold of the two-day competition when he was tied for the top spot with Hungary's Krisztian Takacs after both finished in a time of 21.78 in the 50m freestyle.

Meanwhile, Ranomi Kromowidjojo opened the second day by leading the Netherlands to a one-two finish in the women's 100m freestyle along with Marleen Veldhuis.

Kromowidjojo, who had a disappointing first day with a bronze and silver, did well to lead at the halfway mark and win with a time of 52.88. "I have been working on my turns and kicking and after yesterday [Friday] this was a really good race," Kromowidjojo said.

Hong Kong picked up their first gold when David Wai Kai Wong won the men's 200m freestyle ahead of Samuel Pizzetti of Italy and Sweden's Gustav Lejdstroem Aaberg. "I am very satisfied with my time and even though it is quite off a record, that is what I am working towards," Wong said.

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